Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has launched sh100mn for free ECDE program for children in Nairobi County.
While speaking during the launch, governor Sakaja noted that the programme is aimed at doubling the number of children enrolled in public ECDE in the county from 30,000 to 60,000 within the year.
“We start today with 30,000 pupils in our public pre-primary schools. Each will have 3,200 shillings set aside,” he said.
“A total of KShs 100 million will be set aside for the boards of these schools to use according to the guidelines already agreed and in force.” Sakaja added.
Moreover, the governor announced that the funds will be managed by the ECDEs boards of management.
The governor also stated that his administration plans to build 5,000 classrooms in partnership with the National government who will construct 3,500.
“We allocated Ksh100Million for the construction and rehabilitation of ECDs and vocational training centres,” he added.
Likewise, Sakaja said the county government will recruit new ECDE teachers to make up the numbers they need for the policy’s success.
In addition, the Nairobi governor unveiled sh31mn subsidy for Vocational Training Centers in the County.
The fund is meant to cater for 2,000 Trainees in 7 vocational training centers, including Bahati, Dandora Greenlight, Mathare, Mathari, Waithaka, Kangemi, and Kiwanja.
“I am delighted to announce that we’re also launching the Subsidized Vocational Training Centers’ Support Grant from the National Government of KShs31 million to cater for 2,000 Trainees in 7 vocational training centers,” he said.
Furthermore, Sakaja last month launched a sh1.2 bn food subsidy program that is set to benefit 250,000 children in the county.
He stated that there will be central kitchens within Nairobi for the school feeding program.
He announced that the Kitchens will be constructed in Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Kasarani, Kibra, Makadara, Starehe, Roysamu, Ruaraka, and Westlands Sub-counties starting tomorrow.
“Nutritious meals will be cooked in these central kitchens and the meals transported in special sealed containers and special vehicles to keep the meals safe from contamination, and keep them warm, to surrounding schools,” he said.