H.E Governor Mohamud Ali has on friday 4th January 2019 unveiled Marsabit county scholarship fund which is under the department of education, skills development, youth and sports geared towards sponsoring needy students in colleges, Vocational training centers and high schools.
The launch consisted of a new component which exclusively sponsors needy but bright students for the four years of their high school tenure dubbed ” Marsabit Young Scholars Fund For Equity In Education ( MY FEE)”. The fund was premised on the mantra of every child deserving a chance and a champion.
The CeC for education Mr. Umuro Roba while speaking during the unveiling of the fund reiterated that Marsabit county government’s deliberate decision to invest in education so as to make it accessible to bright but needy students, regardless of their socioeconomic background which is an integral part to Governor Ali’s mission to transform Marsabit county into a competitive regional hub. He further urged the county governor to increase allocation to the education sector in the coming years.
One hundred ninety three students (193) who excelled in last year’s KCPE examination drawn from each of the 20 wards make up this year’s scholarship awardees. The students were selected through a competitive, transparent and fair process by board (education committee) at all the wards and all the deserving students who applied were considered. Out of the 261 total applicants, 193 deserving and neediest students were awarded translating to 74% acceptance and award rate. By Sub county wise, Saku had 22%, North Horr 20% , Laisamis had 21% and Moyale taking 36%
The CeC also revealed that the awarding process considered and captured the interest of different competing ethnic groups in the county and made a deliberate effort to have equity without compromising on the qualifications parameters where a child from every community has been awarded the scholarship
Speaking during the launch Governor Ali underscored the importance of education terming it as the greatest equalizer in the history of human society
” It is only through education that the daughter of a rural livestock herder can become a veterinary doctor; that son of a hospital sweeper can become the medical superintendent of the hospital, that a child of Mama Mboga and a Boda Boda rider can become an Engineer ” He observed.
While recognizing individuals and institutions that have made and continue to make tremendous contributions towards educating the poor and vulnerables in Marsabit county, he urged other development partners particularly the local NGOs and other stakeholders in education sector to join hands in this effort to expand equitable access to education for all.
Further he congratulated those who have been awarded the scholarship reminding them that this opportunity doesn’t symbolize the end of struggle for them but rather a beginning of a new challenge. He also revealed that other than the financial support, the county government will also continue to guide them by providing mentorship and leadership trainings throughout their studies.
The county chief also implored the parents to follow up on the progress of their students and link up with the county department of education, skills development, youths and sports if there is need be.
The launch was also attended by the county Deputy Governor H.E Solomon Gubo Riwe, senator Hon Godana Hargura, Saku Member of Parliament Hon Dido Ali Raso, Laisamis Member of parliament Hon Malimo Arbele and all the MCAs. They congratulated Governor Ali for this milestone achievement and urged him to allocate more funds to the scholarship kitty so as to bring on board many more deserving students.