State partners with UNICEF to get 250000 children back to school
Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a 3-year program to re-enrol more than 250,000 children in the country.
The program, which started in January 2021, is aimed at children aged six to thirteen in Garissa, Baringo, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kajiado, Kwale, Marsabit, Mandera, Narok, Tana River, Samburu, Turkana, West Pokot, Wajir, Bungoma, and Nairobi’s informal settlements.
Phase 2 of “Operation Come-to-School” has begun. The first phase, which lasted from 2015 to 2019, enrolled nearly 350,000 school children from 11 counties.
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According to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, parents and caregivers must ensure that all school-age children have access to, transit to, and complete education at all levels.
Principal Secretary Prof Fatuma Chege revealed that according to statistics some counties in Asals (arid and semi-arid lands) have the highest number of out-of-school children,” he said.
Prof. Magoha believes that in order to ensure that all children return to school, parents and other stakeholders must embrace the National Re-entry Guidelines.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. George Magoha said the longer children are out of school, the harder it is for them to get back to learning. “We must do everything possible, as quickly as possible, to get those children who are out of school back into class.”
“All children have the right to an education,” said Maniza Zaman, UNICEF Representative in Kenya. However, for many children in Kenya, Maniza said Covid-19 and drought are making this an ever more distant dream.
The National Out of School Children Study Report, conducted by Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and a baseline survey report by Kenya’s National Council for Nomadic Education were also unveiled at the event (Naconek).
According to the baseline report, the majority of out-of-school children are found in the counties of Mandera and Kwale, Turkana (144,520), Wajir (152,130), Garissa (166,010), and Mandera (170,050), having a higher percentage of out-of-school boys than girls.
According to Naconek CEO Harun Yussuf, “societal involvement and livelihood improvement, among other interventions, will be critical in achieving the goal.
Naconek survey report states that the most common reasons for children dropping out of school are pregnancy, child marriage, orphanhood, and child labour.
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