The ministry of labour and national social protection paid a courtesy call on the County government with the aim of fast-tracking the gains made in social protection programs.
Speaking during the meeting, the head of state social protection department, Mr John Gashigi said the County government must formulate appropriate social protection policies and non-statutory services to cater for the welfare of the vulnerable .
Mr. Gashigi urged the County to engage the department of international development, mandated to provide grants, world food programmes, system strengthening and capacity building as well as development of other social protection programmes. He also stated that there is need to move from protection of the individual’s need to production through collaboration with other partners. “The social protection policy has undergone several changes since 2011 and is still being reviewed to elevate protection process” said Mr. Gashigi.
The World Bank through its department of social protection is dedicated towards eradication of poverty levels among Kenyan youths. Mr Kevin Sanya, a social protection specialist from the World Bank, confirmed that the youth intake training program will continue to year 2021.
According to the acting County director of social services, Mrs. Adah Omedi, the County government of Kisumu has special programmes for the disabled and needy students. She added that several students have benefited from bursaries and scholarship programs; this too is evident in the feeding program in Early Childhood Development Centres. Mrs. Omedi urged different partners to collaborate with the County for the success of the program.
Also present were the stakeholders from Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and The Kenya National Safety Net Programme.
By Benter Anyang’o
Edited by Matilda Atieno
The department of education this weak received donations from the South Korea, Asan office of Education which is in partnership with the County government of Kisumu to improve Early Childhood Education in the County.
While addressing the delegation, the County Minister for Education, Dr. John Obiero Ogone recognized South Korea for their continued support in education, adding that the growing partnership has enabled sharing of learning and recreational experiences from South Korea through the donations of learning materials to several schools in the County.
He urged the delegation to consider widening the scope to diversify education so as to include other levels of education such as the vocational training. This he said, would enable students to be well equipped with skills in different capacities.
The minister reiterated that during the past visits the gifts have benefited a number of selected schools in the County.
The learning materials will be disbursed to various selected schools including Bar Union Primary School in Kisumu West sub county and Migosi Primary School in Kisumu Central Sub County to mention but a few.
By Ken Odhiambo
Edited By Matilda Atieno
Over three hundred pre primary School teachers in Kisumu County are set benefit from a professional development training programme courtesy of a partnership agreement between the County Government and the Madrasa Early Childhood Program – Kenya (MECP-K).
The Memorandum signing marked the beginning of a long term partnership between the County Government and MCEP-K in promoting Early Childhood Development through training and mentorship in order to enhance classroom practice.
Speaking at the launch, Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o who was the chief guest lauded the partnership as he appreciated the move by MECP-K in complimenting the County Government’s ambitious plan to improve education quality as outlined in the County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022),remarks echoed by County Education Minister Dr. John Obiero Ogone.
On her part MECP-K Program Director Miss Amina H. Mwitu stated that signing the MOU had opened doors for future engagements between the two entities.
The three year long agreement will see MECP-K provide specialized service in hands-on training to three hundred ECDE teachers from one hundred ECD centers attached to public primary schools in Kisumu County.
MCP-K will support further the County Government’s plans by establishing ten model pre-schools that will showcase quality learning opportunities in all spheres.
By: Eric Omollo and Collins Owuor
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o this week led County Government Officials in feting this year’s KCPE top performers in a ceremony held at the Jommo Kenyatta sports grounds.
Pupils who scored 400 marks and above were sampled from the entire 35 sub counties; they were accompanied by their respective parents and guardians to the occasion where they received gifts from the government.
Speaking during the function, the Governor congratulated the pupils and said that their relentless effort made the County proud. Professor challenged the pupils to keep the fire of academics burning even more as they look forward to joining various Secondary schools so that in the long run, they would become professors like the Governor. He added that the County was looking forward to revitalize industries in the County and therefore challenged the top performers to tighten their belts even further so that the County would depend on them for manpower in the same industries in future.
A total of 71 top performers were rewarded for their excellence in this year’s KCPE Examinations.
The County Minister for Education, ICT and Human Resources Dr. Obiero Ogone congratulated the students who performed very well and made it clear that the 71 pupils were just a sample of over 400 pupils who scored four hundred marks and above.
The leading boy in the County is Otuke Zachary Mogambi who scored 447 in the recent examination; he is a student at Muhoroni Furaha Academy while the leading girl is Tamasha Amondi who scored 437 marks, she is a student at Maseno Girls Primary School.
By: Collins Owuor
Kisumu County Government joined the rest of the world in celebrating the international day of persons with disability at the National Industrial Training Authority grounds in Kisumu.
The day falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enriches their capacities and supports them in setting their priorities.
This year’s theme, ” empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” focused on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. This prepares them to exploit available opportunities hence they become agents of change.
While addressing the gathering, Labour Cabinet Secretary Amb. Ukur Yatani urged Counties to work toward mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities within their work force in the County. He also called upon Counties to formulate policies and legal frameworks that will help in mainstreaming issues of Persons with Disabilities.
He also commended Kisumu County Government for passing and operationalizing the policy. He also reiterated the issue of access to five percent of the tenders set by the Government to persons with disabilities. He said the Government plans to make the public transport system to be disability friendly.
On his part, Kisumu Governor Professor. Anyang’ Nyong’o promised to ensure that his government will spearhead the mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities, having passed and now operationalizing the Disability Act.
Governor Nyong’o pointed out that the issue of cultural bias against people with disability should be shunned.
“As a County Government, we are prepared to tackle the issues of mainstreaming in so far as the needs of persons with disability are concerned and this is marked by the passing and the operationalization of the Disability Act,” said the Governor.
The event was also graced by: Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr Mathew Owilli, Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, Members of Parliament Hon Sharkil Shabir of Kisumu East, Hon. James Koyoo of Muhoroni, Hon Denis Olesankok representing PWDs, Tom Odege of Nyatike, nominated Senator Denita Gati of Migori representing PWDs, Dr Nyakiamo of National Funds for the Disable, CEC Education, Dr. John Obiero Ogone, Director General NITA, Director among other dignitaries.
By: Emily Mikwa