Early childhood education plays a critical role in preparing a child for primary education. Cognizant of this role, Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo flanked by CEC Education Ms. Christine Apakoreng has launched more than 20,000 copies of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) approved ECDE textbooks that will be distributed across 1,032 centers in the county.
Speaking during the launch at the county headquarters, Prof. Lonyangapuo said that his administration is fully aware of the role that quality foundation in education can have on early learners.
He further added that the purchase of the textbooks is to ensure uniformity in the development of early learners with a view to improving the standards of education in the county, which have hitherto been poor.
“We want every child in our county to access quality education as we are aware that a good foundation is critical to a child’s development. We are just getting started,” he said.
The county boss also said the county opted for a direct supply from KLB to curb bottlenecks encountered during procurement process that at times results in delays. He also added that the books are cost effective.
The distribution of the books follows a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the county government and Kenya Literature Bureau to supply KICD approved textbooks.
CEC Christine Apakoreng- Education said that she was confident that the books will allow early learners to enjoy quality learning materials. She added that the county will embark on providing play items to all ECD centers.
Justine Koech- Regional Sales Manager, Western Hub- KLB said that they will partner with the county government to train ECD teachers and tutors on how to carry out the new curriculum so as to ensure that it is in compliance with the new education policy.
“Education is an equalizer that all of us can take advantage of. Let us invest in our children. The seeds you are planting today will live forever. Let us rustle for knowledge and a better future for all of us,” asserted Mr. Koech.
Present were education officials among them Geoffrey Kasiwai- Director, Early Childhood Education, Jacob Sembele- Area Sales Manager, North Rift- KLB among others.