Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed residents of Mandera County
As we launch the Mandera County Bursary Fund for the year 2024, we mark a significant milestone. It is a privilege to witness the positive impact the bursary initiative has had on the education sector over the past years.
The Mandera County Government’s commitment to education has benefitted 118,369 learners through the bursary programme from 2016 to 2022.
The Elimu Kwa Wote initiative, launched in January 2023, has been instrumental in promoting education accessibility across the county. This impactful programme has reached 24,973 students in 61 public secondary schools in Mandera County. In 2023 alone, 10,306 students from all 30 wards received bursaries, ensuring that financial constraints did not hinder their pursuit of knowledge. The Ward Bursary Scheme has extended its support to over 12,000 students pursuing higher education in tertiary institutions and universities, fostering a culture of continuous learning.
In a steadfast commitment to education, the county government has allocated a total of Ksh 810M to sustain the ELIMU KWA WOTE INITIATIVE. This financial commitment underscores the paramount importance of education as a top priority of my administration, ensuring that no student is left behind.
I am particularly proud of the strides made at Mandera Technical Training Institute, where 382 out of 937 students were sponsored, contributing to the growth and development of technical skills in our community.
This significant investment not only reflects our dedication to empowering the youth but also contributes to the overall development and prosperity of Mandera County. Furthermore, it’s essential to emphasise that students from Mandera County studying outside the county were not neglected, as they were inclusively captured under the Ward Bursary Fund. This holistic approach ensures that every deserving student from Mandera, regardless of their location, receives the support they need.
I am thrilled to share that the Mandera County Bursary Programme has benefited 165,648 individuals from its inception to the present moment, with a total budgetary allocation of Ksh 1,392,319,000 of which 810M was disbursed during my administration. This figure highlights the transformative impact our commitment to education has had on the lives of students across Mandera County.
I also appreciate the scholarships offered by the national government, and corporate entities such as KCB Bank, Equity Bank, National Bank and Cooperative Bank to deserving students from our county.
As we launch the Mandera County Bursary Fund 2024, let us renew our commitment to empowering the next generation through education.
Together, we can foster a community where every student has the opportunity to thrive and contribute to the prosperity of Mandera County.
Let us continue working hand in hand for the betterment of our beloved county.