KMET APPEALS FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN PROMOTING ACCESS TO BASIC EDUCATION BY VULNARABLE CHILDREN

Friday 20th 2013

KMET executive director, Monica Oguttu urged education stakeholders from Kisumu County to emulate the health sector by embracing public private partnership in order to promote access of quality basic education.

monicaSpeaking at Kisumu Imperial hotel during the launch of a school based mentorship manual, the director appealed to non-governmental institutions and the county government to work together in ensuring that vulnerable children in Kisumu Municipality are able to access and complete 9 years of basic education in ECDE and Primary schools.

The minister for education buttressed the plea admitting that challenges facing the education sector such as poor sanitation, pitiable situation of classrooms, overburdened teachers and lack of proper stimulation materials can only be solved through active partnerships.

“While we applaud KMET for the wonderful work they are doing in improving access to quality basic education, you realize KMET alone cannot solve all the education problems and we therefore cannot ignore public-private partnership”, added the minister.

Jack Ranguma, Kisumu county governor, through his representative Engineer James Rege, assured the stakeholders present at the launch that the county government was ready to support and be part of such noble partnerships.

The mentoring manual

KMET through its program: Active Inclusion of the Most Vulnerable Children in Education, launched a mentorship manual for use by volunteer mentors to improve school retention and completion rates among identified most vulnerable children (MVC) in primary schools.

rege launchThe 50 volunteer mentors having been trained by KMET are expected to work along with parents or guardians to provide MVC with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples.

19 school communities in 5 informal settlements within Kisumu are set to benefit from this program.

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