First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said no nation can hope to achieve peace, stability and social cohesion without educating all its children.
She said a nation that prioritizes the education of its people averts many social problems and unlocks limitless opportunities.
“No nation which allows its children to wilt in the shadow of neglect, can ever hope to achieve social cohesion, peace, stability, economic prosperity, or any of the other goals which we all aspire to in our society”, she said.
The First Lady spoke during the 6th edition of the annual Murang’a County Initiative (MCI-2017) Scholarships and Excellence Awards ceremony at Ihuura Stadium where she was the Chief Guest.
Those receiving scholarships and Awards of excellence at today’s functions included 33 students (full scholarships), best performing and improved public primary schools drawn from the 8 sub-counties of Murang’a ( trophies and cash prizes of Sh 100,000 each).
Several best performing teachers (in respective subjects) from the county were also recognized and rewarded for their sacrifices.
The First Lady said an investment in the education of children amounts to an investment to the future of the nation.
She however called for a holistic approach to education to ensure effective emotional and cognitive development of children.
MCI has so far benefited over 200 students since its inception 6 years ago where it provides full secondary school scholarships to bright students from poor backgrounds.
After completing their secondary school education and proceeding to university, the beneficiaries continue undergoing mentorship programs from the MCI.
The pioneer group of MCI scholarship beneficiaries are now First Years at various universities.
Key stakeholders of the MCI program include the County Government, professional and business leaders, parents and teachers from Murang’a. Equity Bank founder and businessman Dr. Peter Munga is the chairman of the MCI.
Among those attending today’s function included Dr Munga, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Senator Kembi Gitura, Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, Murang’a Women Representative Sabina Chege , County Director of Education Charles Kyayira, top academicians and several County leaders
The First Lady thanked the leadership of County Government for prioritizing education as one of the key pillars of Murang’a development agenda.
“I applaud the Muranga County Initiative (MCI) for your continued investment and commitment to this critical project”, she said.
“There is no doubt that this kind of progress has resulted in the investment and interventions by the County Government in collaboration with initiatives like the MCI”. Said the First Lady.
The TSC CEO said there is need to address the huge wastage of students at National examinations from the County.