Sonko initiative to ease school uniforms burden

Milliam Murigi @millymur1

Parents in Nairobi county are set to benefit from subsidised school uniforms courtesy of the County government. Speaking Friday during the official opening of Dandora Green Light Vocational Training Centre in Dandora, Nairobi, Governor Mike Sonko said the county is partnering with the institution to train the youths on how to make the uniforms. “The County government will sponsor 100 youths to be trained in the institution.

Our aim is to create employment for our youth and we will do everything to ensure all have the required skills,” he said. The vocational institute, which has been constructed by the Korean government at a cost of Sh200 million, is expected to equip youths from Dandora and neighbouring informal settlements with skills.

“After training, the youth will be able to secure employment from the county, public institutions and in the private sector. This will also make them self-reliant and cases of crime will go down,” he said. Korean Ambassador to Kenya Young Dae Kwon, who was at the ceremony, said education and skills are important in the growth of a country.

“Education is the most important thing. We should also focus on nurturing skills and by doing this Kenya and Nairobi will go far in terms of development,” he said. Sonko directed the County Finance department to release Sh5million to the newly-opened institution and ensure it gets water, security and adequate teaching staff.

At the same time, he revealed that they are engaging with foreign investors to set up a waste recycling plant at the Dandora dumpsite. The governor urged locals to partner with police in helping eradicate crime in the area. “Once the recycling plant is put up, our youth will get employment and Nairobi will be clean,” he said.

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