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County to spend Sh2b to refurbish 520 ECDE centres

Monday, March 4th, 2024 02:40 | By
County to spend Sh2b to refurbish 520 ECDE centres
Kiambu Governor Kimani wa Matangi. PHOTO/Print

Kiambu County government has started modernising all the 524 public Early Childhood Development Education centres (ECDEs) in the county.

The project which started in the 2022/2023 financial year will see Sh2 billion spent in phased refurbishing of the centres spread out in all the 60 wards by the year 2026.

About Sh3.8 billion will be used on each of the ECDEs to build two classrooms with tiled floors and ceilings, an office, a bathroom for leaners and staff and a play area for all the 36,254 kids in county government-owned centres.

 According to governor Kimani Wamatangi, currently the county is working on 130 ECDE centres and 84 of them are in the last stages of construction.

“They will be ready for use at the opening of the next term, and the plan is to overhaul all of the county ECDE by 2026,” says the Governor.

First exposure

 The Governor says the program aims to increase enrollment and keep the kids in schools which most have been skipping due to a lack of food.  “First impressions are important because they shape a person’s attitude or behavior towards something. Imagine if the children’s first exposure to schooling is in the dreadful condition of public nursery schools; how do we expect them to love learning?” Wamatangi posed.

The governor said the programme aims to increase enrollment and keep children in schools which most have been skipping due to a lack of food.

It will also be integrated into a socioeconomic empowerment programme where women are trained to be the leading suppliers of eggs, among other goals.

The county has been delivering one-month-old enhanced kienyeji chicks to all 12 sub-counties through the Department of Agriculture. In the long run, the women who would gain will provide a feeding program for young children to the county government.

“This comprehensive empowerment program serves as an exemplary model for rural development, simultaneously addressing the economic well-being of local farmers and ensuring that the County’s youngest residents have access to nutritious meals,” notes the county chief.

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