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Partnerships Key to Financing Education, Says Uhuru

January 21, 2014

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to embrace Private Public Partnerships (PPP) in financing the education sector. The President said without a working collaboration, it will be hard to address the problems of access, equity, quality and the current heavy household financial burden in education. President Kenyatta noted that due to many demands on exchequer resources, investment by the Government alone will limit access to education. "This is why, Public Private Partnership has been adopted widely internationally over the last two decades to complement government initiatives and ensure greater access to education," he added. The President spoke on Tuesday during commissioning of the Equity Group Foundation , USaid UKaid and Kfw 2000 'Wings to Fly' scholars for the 2014 intake at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, Nairobi . He said his government invests 6.4 percent of GDP annually on education per year which translates to about Sh160 billion. Saying education remained the best investment a nation can make to build a prosperous, healthy and equitable society, President Kenyatta added that the Government was prepared to invest more resources in the sector in the coming years. To the beneficiaries, the President challenged them to excel as this was the only way they can demonstrate their appreciation for the support they have received through the 'Wings to Fly' programme. The President urged them to focus on their studies and avoid activities and practices that may compromise their ability to achieve their dreams. The President lauded Equity Bank and partners for having initiated the 'Wings to Fly' programme of giving young academically-gifted scholars the opportunity to access secondary school education and beyond. He said the beneficiaries, who would otherwise have become a liability to Kenya as a nation, will in future become pillars upon which the safety and wellbeing of the country and its institutions depend. The President challenged students to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the 'Wings to Fly' programme to concentrate in school and realise their dreams. He also told the beneficiaries to maximise the support they have received to make a difference for themselves, their family and the country. "I urge you to strive to become role models in your schools and set high goals for yourselves," the President said. "Education is a key intervention in the fight against poverty. Indeed, education is the surest way to sustainably conquer poverty. It provides a fair chance in life." Written by PSCU // January 21, 2014 // 0 He appeal to well-wishers, development partners and big business to consider extending secondary school scholarships through the 'Wings to Fly' Program to give more bright Kenyan children the opportunity to access secondary school education. "If we all focus on supporting these young talented brains to access education, we will be taking insurance on the future and legacy of our nation," he said. President Kenyatta pledged to continue with his annual personal sponsorship of Sh1 million to the 'Wings to Fly' programme. Immediate former President Mwai Kibaki appreciated Kenyans and development partners supporting Government initiatives in the education sector. Equity Bank Chief Executive Officer James Mwangi appealed to the Members of Parliament to consider financing more bright children from poor backgrounds through the Constituency Development Fund .

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Source: AllAfrica

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