PICTURE: Marsabit County Governor, H.E Mohamud Mohamed Ali(right) and NRT CEO Tom Lalampa, today presided over the commissioning of a newly constructed teachers block at Merille Primary School, located in Melako Community Conservancy, Laisamis County.
MARSABIT, KENYA June 23rd 2018-Marsabit County governor Mohamud Ali today presided over the opening of Merrile Primary teachers block a project under the northern rangeland trust through Melako conservancy.
The project of building teachers quarters aimed on creating conducive learning environments and building capacity for teachers, NRT and partners will transform lives by providing access to high-quality educational facilities for children living in community conservancies across northern Kenya.
The three new housing blocks were built with the technical support of the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and the financial support of Medicor Foundation, ICEP (Institut zur Cooperation bei Entwicklungs-Projekten) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA. Each block has the capacity to accommodate nine teachers and operates solely on solar power.

“One of the biggest challenges for poverty alleviation still remains the improvement of the quality of schooling in these areas. The region performs particularly poorly in student enrolment (30-40%) and has a very poor performance on the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education exams, where the average score of the NRT communities lies about 20% below the national average. The challenges faced by many communities including prolonged drought and recurring conflict, means many children do not receive any form of consistent education. By building these blocks and ensuring that the teachers have quality facilities creates a conducive learning environment which we believe will help reverse the situation and transform lives,” said Tom Lalampaa NRT’s CEO.

This building project is one of several key deliverables under The Northern Kenya Teachers Development Project, which aims to improve the enrolment and academic performance of children in five primary schools in NRT member community conservancies. Specifically, this will be achieved by not only improving infrastructure but also by developing the capacities of teachers and directors to increase the quality of the schooling that is being provided.

The direct beneficiaries of the project will be around 1,000 primary school age children (5-14 years old) in five villages that are within the 15 contiguous Northern Rangeland Trust conservancies.

“Being in a position to visit and commission this school and later attend Melako Community Conservancy AGM is very important. As we move forward to building the resilience of and empowering communities, it is critical that we work together and lean on each other’s expertise and skills to deliver what the communities need. Once we secure the future of the children in the communities, then we know we are on the right path to securing peace, maintaining our wildlife numbers and uplifting the lives of the communities – all of which is in line with the Kenyan governments’ national development plans and aspirations for its people”, said H.E Mohamud Mohamed Ali, Governor for Marsabit County.

Melako Conservancy, where Merile Primary School is located, is one of the 31 community conservancies under the umbrella of Northern Rangelands Trust.

The implementation of this project expands on a successful four-year partnership which has seen Medicor and ICEP provide business development support to communities in NRT conservancies. The project sought to open and improve opportunities for communities to generate income, which included the development of collective eco-tourism, improvements in agrarian and husbandry skills (including water development), savings and credit groups and the establishment of market access plans.
The Northern Kenya Teachers Development Project was funded by through the Northern Rangelands Trust. The project has also seen the similar constructions are done in Mosul Primary School, in Naibunga Community Conservancy, Kom Primary School in Biliqo Bulesa Community Conservancy, Ngutuk Elmugate in Meibae Community Conservancy, Kotile, Hara and Korissa Primary Schools all in Ishaqibini Community Conservancy.