Equity Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. James Mwangi has told students from poor backgrounds that it is only through Education that they will be lifted above nepotism and tribalism and be at the same level as the rich in this country.
Mwangi urged learners to embrace the right values of hard work, dignity, obedience, and discipline so that they succeed in academia.
He was addressing students who were this year picked by the Bungoma county government’s scholarship program at Nzoia guest house in Bungoma on Monday.
“Wangamati has placed a seed in your hands. It is your efforts to make it grow into a big tree and be of great importance to this great nation,” said Mwangi. He said the scholarship has given the beneficiaries hope to achieve what they always dream of.
A total of 1,800 boys and girls who performed well in last year’s KCPE managed to be picked out of 2600 who applied
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said that the reason behind the program was to cater for bright yet needy students from Bungoma County to proceed with their Education.
“When I took over leadership of this county from my predecessor as the second governor I realized that many bright students from needy families were disadvantaged and often lost their chances to join prestigious schools to those from rich backgrounds some with much lower grades.
“This program was started to create a balance,” he said. “I initiated this program to sponsor poor yet bright students to proceed with their Education,” he said
He said that since 2018, the County has been able to bring on board more than 3,000 students from various poor backgrounds across the board for a four-year sponsorship.
Wangamati said that he put together a scholarship committee that uses affirmative action by doing impromptu visits to the homes of applicants to ascertain that the child is needy.
The pioneer students are now in form four in top schools Like Lugulu Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Kapsabet Boys, Alliance among others.
Students with special needs and those from regions affected by natural calamities are also considered for the award.
“This is the only way to lift our people out of the vicious cycle of poverty. From today, you are not just your parent’s children but you are also the children of the county,” Wangamati told the students.
“This program, whose main aim is to ensure that no child from Bungoma County fails to join the school of their choice due to fee issues, has so far absorbed 3,150 bright but needy students across the county who are on full sponsorship,” he said
Apart from the sponsorship program, the county is also running a bursary fund that targets needy students from the 45 wards.
Wangamati lauded Equity Group Chief Executive Officer Dr. James Mwangi for having partnered with his government to ensure that needy students are catered for.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Equity group CEO for honoring our invitation and for his tireless efforts to make sure needy students get equal opportunity in education,” said Wangamati.
Also, in attendance were the Governor of Trans-Nzoia County Patrick Khaemba and Tongaren Member of parliament Eseli Simiyu. Governor Khaemba congratulated the Bungoma County Governor for supporting the needy.
“I want to thank Governor Wangamati for having such a vision for the people of Bungoma. Education is the only weapon we can use to conquer the world. We should appreciate Governor Wangamati for giving it to our kids to shine both within and without the borders of our country,” Khaemba said.