It’s a new dawn for the people of Uasin Gishu following the launch of a milk-feeding program aimed at promoting nutrition for Early Childhood Development Education learners.

The colourful event held at the Central Primary School Grounds on Tuesday was presided over by Basic Education Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang, who was the chief guest.

Speaking at the event, Dr Kipsang lauded Governor Jonathan Bii for the rollout of the program, which he said aligns perfectly with the Kenya Kwanza Government’s Education charter that commits to supporting and funding school feeding programs.

He also commended the Governor for employing all ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.

“Thank you for making it easier for us to increase success, retention and transition,” PS Kipsang said.

By giving milk to the learners, employing teachers on permanent terms and distributing instructional materials, you’re giving the children an equal chance to succeed,” he added.

Under the milk feeding program, all the over 40,000 public ECDE learners will be getting a packet of 200ml milk twice a week.

Governor Jonathan Bii says the initiative is part of his Nguzo Kumi manifesto on education that he pledged to locals during the campaign period.

The pledge, Governor Bii said, was pegged on the need to ensure every child gets the best foundation irrespective of their family’s financial capabilities.

This program extends a lifeline to many families. It will nourish pupils’ bodies and bring relief to struggling parents.”

It will ensure a level playing field and give every child an equal chance to succeed,” the Governor said.

He also assured that it is sustainable, and thanked the County Assembly for fully supporting it.

We know this (program) will help to foster education in our county,” Governor Bii said.

Deputy Governor, Eng. John Barorot challenged individuals tasked to handle the program to ensure it benefits the indented pupils.

He said all milk must be consumed at school.

Handle the milk with diligence and trust. Let all the milk be taken in school, not at home,” said Eng. Barorot.

The New KCC company’s Managing Director Nixon Sigei said that if optimised, it will not only spur the development of the pupils but also positively impact dairy farmers.

Sigei says Uasin Gishu is the first county to roll out the initiative, with at least 10 Governors expressing interest to follow in the same footsteps.

According to the County Executive for Education Dr. Janeth Kosgey, the program was initiated to address nutritional issues among ECDE learners.

She is optimistic that the initiative will help ensure the pupils have a strong foundation health-wise, increase enrolment and enhance pupils’ retention in schools.

We will work an extra mile to ensure the success of this program,” said the CECM who also thanked the Governor for initiating the program.

The event was attended by Patrick Kilemi Principal Secretary State Department of Cooperatives, County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and MCAs among other stakeholders in the education and agriculture sector.

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