The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) flagged off her 2023 Elimu Scholarship Program scholars at a ceremony held on 3rd February, 2023 at the Company’s head office in Nairobi.
Principal Secretary (PS) Ministry of Education, State Department for Basic Education Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang presided over the event, which saw 3,000 Form One scholars benefit at a cost KSh. 1.1 billion. The PS reiterated the Ministry's commitment to make JKF a strategic partner in scholarships management.
“I wish to take this opportunity to commend JKF for this phenomenal undertaking. Going forward, we envisage that you will become a national body to manage and coordinate all scholarships and social support system for our learners in basic institutions. The Government will see to it that your capacity is developed and enhanced to meet this expectation,” the PS said.
He also thanked all the partners who have largely contributed in one way or the other to the scholarship initiative. He specially thanked the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), World Bank, LEGO Foundation for partnering with the government to promote learning of Kenyan children.
In his address, JKF Managing Director Mr David Mwaniki noted that the Ministry’s intervention was timely, coming just when JKF needed to extend her reach in scholarship provision. He said that the number of scholars from Nairobi County joining the Program was 367. Like their counterparts from across the country, they had gone through a rigorous selection criterion that included interviewing and home visits.
Mr. Mwaniki urged the scholars to fully focus on their education now that their fees and other necessities had been catered for. He added that JKF remained committed towards delivery on the publishing mandate and implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) via production of learning materials for the Junior Secondary phase, now at Grade 8.
JKF under the Ministry's Elimu Scholarship Program will be managing 3,000 scholarships worth 1.1 billion shillings. The comprehensive scholarships program caters for school fees, transport to and from school, school kit, pocket money and basic items for the beneficiaries for the four-year education period.