KNA More than a hundred children from poor backgrounds who excelled in 2020/2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination (KCPE) from Samburu County have benefited from Equity Bank group’s wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarship programs.
The Equity Bank Group CEO Dr James Mwangi said the 119 pupils from Samburu County have joined more than 37,000 others countrywide that have benefited from the scholarship.
He said that Samburu is among counties that are enjoying special attention from the bank to encourage education.
“These are comprehensive scholarships that provide money for school fees, uniform, pocket money and transport, Samburu is among counties that we have paid very special attention to encourage education,” he said.
He thanked the national government for scaling up wings to fly scholarship program with an extra 18,000 scholarships under the Elimu program to benefit children from poor backgrounds.
“I want to thank the government for scaling up the wings to fly program by granting us through the World Bank support 18,000 scholarships and this has brought out the number of scholarships for both Elimu and Wings to fly scholarships to 37,000 scholarships,” he said.
The CEO said that the county government and CDF have promised to support more than 1,700 children from poor families who missed the scholarship program to join secondary schools.
“We have significantly benefitted because his excellency the governor has requested that we give him the list of all the applicants who qualified, were reviewed and found to be needy but couldn’t get scholarships, so I’m a 100 per cent confident that all the deserving cases particularly orphans would be able to get scholarship,” he said.
A hope to pursue education among the beneficiaries of Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarships programs in Samburu County has been renewed.
“I could not have joined secondary school because my mother is poor, I thank equity bank group foundation for the scholarship, I will work hard,” a beneficiary who scored 328 marks said.
At the same time the CEO donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Samburu County Referral Hospital to minimize doctors and nurses to exposure while treating COVID-19 patients.