Lamu, KENYA: The county government of Lamu has signed an MoU with the Aga Khan Foundation that will enable for the establishment of new and modern Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Centres in the county.
Speaking at the Mwana Arafa Hotel in Lamu during the exercise on Monday,the Chief Executive officer of the foundation Kevin Moorhead said the move will see some elements of the European ECDE learning incorporated in the programme in order to give learners a new challenge.
He said ECDE teachers in the county will also receive special training from Aga Khan tutors; in order to enable them improve the model of learning for young children in Lamu.
Moorhead said the foundation was fully working with the county government in order to ensure the project is a success.
“We have been helping to build ECD learning in Kenya and Africa in general. We currently have a similar programme ongoing in Malawi,Zambia,Uganda and Tanzania. We are glad that the children of Lamu will also get a chance to taste modern learning through the programme,”said Moorhead.
Lamu governor who was also present, said the county had made its own independent strides in improving ECDE but welcomed the move by the Aga Khan foundation saying it’s a timely one and will come in handy in pushing the young learners education a notch higher.
Timamy said the county government had so far put up 45 ECDE centres across the county and that there were plans for 11 more to bring the total to 56 as set out in the county’s development agenda.
“We welcome the Aga Khan move and promise our unwavering support to ensure the programme is a success.all this is being done to improve the education of young people in the county,”said Timamy.