Governor Kachapin Rolls Out Feeding Programme to Keep Pupils in School

H.E. Governor Simon Kachapin flagged off 113,650 kgs of fortified porridge flour to be distributed across 1,185 ECDE centers in the county.

The Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) school feeding programme aims to improve nutrition among children and increase enrolment and retention of learners in schools. The Ksh. 25 million programmes will benefit 75,000 learners.

“Through this program, we want to encourage our pupils to stay in school and ultimately improve retention and transition rates across the county,” noted the Governor.

In recent years, drought and food insecurity have led to school dropouts in many parts of the county. This programme intends to reduce the risk of pupils leaving school due to these challenges.

The Governor highlighted that poor nutrition is a significant issue for ECDE pupils, noting that the county has a stunted child growth rate of nearly 34%, according to the KDHS Report, 2022.

To ensure effective distribution and storage, ECDE teachers have been instructed to follow best practices, and the county government will closely monitor the process. Additionally, 1,600 ECDE teachers have been issued personal numbers as they await the implementation of their service numbers.

The governor was flanked by CEC Rebecca Kide (Education and Technical Training) among other county officials.