The Lamu West Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has set aside ksh.8 million for construction of a girl’s high school in Pate island in order to promote girl child education in Lamu County.
Lamu East MP Athman Shariff said the move is to ensure, improve and support the education of the girl child in Lamu.
Speaking in Lamu on Thursday,Shariff said the ratio of girls attending school especially in Lamu East was still at its lowest and that there was need to raise standards in order to improve education of girls in the region.
The legislator urged parents to heed equally to the education needs of their children, both boys and girls in order to insure their future.
Shariff said this year, the CDF office will put more focus on employing strategies favorable to the education of girls including offering full education scholarships for bright girls from poor backgrounds in Lamu East.
“We are starting a girl’s high school in Pate since there has been none. We have set aside Sh.8 million for that. We appeal to the national government to lend us the necessary assistance so that we can raise the education levels of the girl child here in Lamu.Our aim it to give our girls an equal shot at life and education just like their male counterparts.“said Shariff.
The MP also called on parents to guide their children along correct paths in life to enable them stay away from drugs and falling prey to radicalisms and terror groups.
A large number of children between the ages of 14 and 17 have been dropping out of school to become fishermen and drugs peddlers.
Sheriff said his office was putting in place strategies that will boost the education sector in Lamu East.
Women against drug abuse
Meanwhile, a group of women from Lamu East want the county government of Lamu to come up with urgent structures that will help eradicate drug use among school children in the region which has affected the level of education.
Speaking when they met Lamu East MP Shariff Athman in Lamu on Thursday,the over 500 women mostly from Mbwajumwali, Myabogi, Tchundwa and Kizingitini villages said there was need for the county government to establish rehabilitation centers that will help addicts to recover.
They said many addicts willing to quit the habit are finding themselves falling back into drug use due to lack of rehab centers.
“There is need for the national and county governments to work together on this. There is a very urgent need for rehab centers to be established. Lamu needs at least one such functional facility. As mothers we are very concerned about the fate of our children especially those still in school. Something must be done,” said Ruweth Ibrahim.