Investing in education and welfare: Kiambu County’s bold initiatives

In a move aimed at boosting education and uplifting the community, Kiambu County has launched a
bursary kitty, now standing at Kshs 500 million for 2024 academic year a significant increase from the previous Kshs 300 million.
This aims at giving a minimum allocation of Kshs 5,000 to learners in day schools and Kshs 10,000 to those in boarding schools.
This increase in funding reflects the County Government’s commitment to providing educational
opportunities for its residents, especially the underprivileged under the Governor Kimani
Wamatangi’s “Leave No Child Behind” clarion call.
Another key pillar of education initiative is the construction of Early Childhood Development
Education (ECDE) centres and Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) across the county which are on
various levels of completion. These centres are poised to serve as hubs of learning excellence,
equipping learners with essential skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-evolving world.
Moreover, Kiambu County is not just focusing on academic pursuits but also on addressing the basic needs of its people. Through targeted welfare programmes, the county is ensuring that no one is left behind from distributing food to the less fortunate to providing sanitary towels to needy girls, the county government is actively working to alleviate poverty and promote dignity among its residents.
According to the acting Chief Officer in charge of Vocational Training and Social Services Ms Emily Nkoroi, apart from constructing new VTCs and expanding the existing ones to ensure there’s a centre of excellence in every Sub County, the department is also providing the VTCs with qualified instructors.
“Social interventions like increase in bursaries and support to the needy by giving them foodstuff, diapers, blankets for the elderly and capacity building through gender intervention aims at ensuring equal inclusivity,” Nkoroi says.
In a bid to honour the boy child and recognise the invaluable role they play in the society, the
department organised a Boy Child’s Day, which was graced by Governor Wamatangi, Deputy
Governor Rosemary Kirika and a special attendance by Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Dr.
Alfred Mutua.
Steve Muriuki expressed his gratitude to Governor Wamatangi’s administration for remembering the
long forgotten boy child.
“A lot of emphasis has been put on the girl child that the boy child’s efforts are no longer recognised neither are his needs met. However we now see light at the end of the tunnel and we are grateful that we have full support from our Governor and we are positive that things will be different,” he said.
In light of promotion of culture and heritage, gazettement of Mugo wa Kibiru grounds in Thika’s
section 9 followed by fencing and beautification is in the process.
This holistic approach to development exemplifies Kiambu County’s vision of creating a vibrant and inclusive society where every individual has the opportunity to succeed. By investing in education and social welfare, the county is laying the foundation for a brighter and more prosperous future for generations to come.