Investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have launched a multibillion project to construct a girls’ secondary boarding school at the Kalobeyei settlement, Turkana County.
The Ksh 100 million project is expected to benefit 360 girls including refugees living in the settlement along with neighbouring communities.
Speaking during the launch, the director of the international organisation, Mariam Al Hammadi noted that the initiative is to provide the children with hope for the future.
Students pictured during a lesson.
“This project represents a significant step in our efforts to provide children in refugee camps and host communities the opportunity to learn and reach for their fullest potential.
“Education offers children the best pathway to a better life, and no child should be denied that opportunity regardless of their present circumstances,” she noted.
She reiterated that the school would provide a safe learning environment for girls facing risk of early marriages, child labours and girls with special needs.
The school will be fully equipped with modern laboratories, furniture, libraries, offices, and dormitories.
The investors noted that the project is expected to be ready in time for the 2021 academic year.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the education sector experienced a paradigm shift that saw many students, unable to adjust to the online-based systems, left far behind in the curriculum.
Furthermore, with the phased reopening plan by the Ministry of Education, there is a likelihood of many schools to experience shortages of classrooms if the students are to comply with the Covid-19 protocols.
According to a report from Brookings Institution, the country, which hosts over 17 million students, experienced adverse effects due to the extended shutdown of schools by the Ministry of Education.
The report noted that the effects may continue unless all students, including marginalized learners, are catered for.
File image of a congested classroom in Kenya