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County governments, corporate institutions told to sponsor needy student

KNA    Equity bank’s North Eastern regional Manager Hassan Maalim has appealed to Education stakeholders including the county governments and corporate companies to sponsor needy and vulnerable students in the society.

 

          

Speaking after commissioning 216 students selected for Elimu and Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly programme at Garissa High School today, Maalim said there is a high number of vulnerable children who cannot afford to pay for school fees in both secondary schools and universities across the region.

 

            

Garissa County received 1000 applications for sponsorship but had only been allocated 216 slots, leaving hundreds of other needy students out.

 

            

“Out of the 1000 very needy children who made their applications for the scholarship, we have only selected 216. We want to encourage and invite the Garissa governor and other corporates to join us and support the 800 children we have left,” Maalim said

 

            

This year, we are sponsoring 17000 students countrywide. Our purpose as Equity bank is to transform the life and livelihood, give dignity and expand opportunities for these children through education,” he added

 

            

The government through the ministry of education is sponsoring 200 children under Elimu Scholarships programme, 92 boys and 108 girls while Wings to Fly is sponsoring 16 children, 8 for each gender.

 

            

The scholarships cater for tuition and boarding fees, books, uniform, and transport to and from school as well as pocket money for the four years of secondary school.

 

            

Garissa county governor Ali Korane, who was also present, said the county government has set aside 100 million to sponsor needy students to universities and colleges.

 

            

County Director for Children Mohamed Hussein however raised concerns over the rate of child marriages, teenage pregnancies, FGM and defilements in the region, which has been a challenge to many children pursuing education.

 

            

Hussein called on education stakeholders and the security operative to make sure that perpetrators of such vices are arrested and charged in law courts.

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