NACONEK to spend Sh50 million on Nomadic Learners
The National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (NACONEK) will spend over Sh 50 million to improve access to education for children from nomadic pastoralist communities, fishing nomadic areas, and urban informal settlements during the 2017/2018 Financial Year.
Speaking to KNA at the NACONEK headquarters in Nairobi , the Council chairman Dr. Chris Galgalo Ali said the kitty which will also be complemented with additional funding from the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank and several Non Governmental Organizations (NGOS) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
These will also be spent on the construction of low cost boarding primary schools for children of hunters and honey gatherers like the Boni and Boni communities.
Dr. Galgalo said the budget from the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and other donors will also help to construct mobile schools, feeder schools for early age learners and launch a major school enrolment campaign in May this year for these vulnerable children.
The Council chairman said the funding will be channeled to nomadic pastoralists in Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Tana River, Kajiado, Narok, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The money will also help children in slum areas in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu access education and address all the challenges hindering them from completing their studies.
Dr. Galgalo further said the money will be used to relocate children displaced by the cattle rustling menace in Marakwet, North Baringo and parts of West Pokot to alternative schools.
“We are partnering with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the County Directors of Education in the insecurity prone areas to put back all the children pushed out of school by cattle rustlers in Baringo, Marakwet and parts of West Pokot to enable them continue with their studies,” said Dr. Galgalo.
He said some children have already been relocated to places where they could continue with their studies after their schools were closed down due to insecurity.
Dr. Galgalo who was accompanied by the NACONEK acting Chief Executive Officer Dickson ole Keis and a Council member during the press briefing Dr. Gilbert arap Bor added that the Council has already recruited 800 untrained teachers from the local communities in Mandera, Tana River, Wajir and Garissa to replace non indigenous teachers who fled after Al -shabaab militants attacked these areas.
He added that the Council has partnered with the Teachers Service Commission to ensure that these teachers are given professional training in order to ensure continuity for learners in the affected communities.
He added that the council in collaboration with UNICEF will provide sanitary towels to the girl child in nomadic pastoralist communities, provide hardship allowances for teachers working in hardship areas and launch school feeding programmes in the affected areas to help retain children in learning institutions.
Dr. Galgalo said the council which was formed in 2015 under the Basic Education Act 2012 will go out of its way to improve access, maintain retention and completion of education by the vulnerable children and improve performance through quality supervision.
By Mutiso Mbithi