2017 has been and will continue to be a good year in making more progress, embracing new success and consequently writing new history towards a better education sector in our county. I am delighted to witness the first grand celebration of our very first ECDE graduands.
During the four years’ tenure, we have been able to make a tremendous stride in bettering early childhood development Education. When I took office in 2013 my government employed more than 800 ECDE teachers some of whom were untrained. I was therefore convicted to establish this training center to enable the county increase its number of trained ECDE resource, cut distance and cost for our trainees and create employment for our people.
We have made it our county's priority to ensure each child has access to high-quality early education. To this end, my government has established more than 200 ECDE centers with 100 complete and the rest are on-going. We have also employed an ECDE Principal, ECDE coordinators, ECDE Director and other staff to strengthen service delivery, accountability and quality assurance in management of ECDE education in our county. Additionally, to make sure that our students focus and remain in college we consider our ECDE college students for bursaries every year.
The relevance of our education system must be underpinned in the objective we have set as a county government and that is why we are here today to witness the first ECDE graduation ceremony. We will continue to support the college as we progress on to greater heights. We are looking forward to opening more ECDE centers and employing the relevant human resource.
Finally, to our graduands, graduation is a celebration that should mark the end of one phase and beginning of the next phase in your teaching careers. We are proud to have you as our pioneers and we believe that the efforts you will bring onto our education sector will go a long way in changing the face of our county. The college has not only prepared you on the academic front but also to play a part in improving the quality of life of our communities. Strive to achieve excellence in everything you do! Continue soaring high. This is just the first step to greater endeavors.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. May God bless our county.