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Kenya to benefit from education partnership

Kenya is set to benefit from Global Partnership for Education Programme implementation grant of USD88.4million to support primary education.

This follows the endorsement of Kenya National Education Sector Plan (NESP) by the donor community under the auspices of Kenya’s Education Development Partners’ Coordination Group (EDPCG) at Jogoo House in Nairobi.
The endorsement documents were signed by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, on behalf of the Government of Kenya and nine representatives of the development partners including the Head of Department for International Development, Lisa Philips in her capacity as the Chair of EDPCG.
The endorsement of NESP now provides the platform for EDPCG to align all activities on education to Government programmes and initiatives as outlined in the NESP.
Prof. Kaimenyi said the sector has been operating without a consolidated programme despite the heavy investments the Government and Development Partners have continued to provide to the education sector following the lapse the Kenya Education Sector Support Programme (KESSP, 2005-2010).
“Time has now come that we must provide Kenyans with a sound education programme whose development has been informed by evidence and best practice,” Prof Kaimenyi observed during the occasion.
Philips said NESP provides a credible framework for the development of basic education in Kenya.
“We welcome the NESP’s focus on strengthening data collection and analysis in the sector as well as new strategies to improve overall monitoring and evaluation,” Philips, who is also the Head of Department for International Development (DIFD) noted.
Prof. Kaimenyi, who was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, said that education sector the sector still faced serious challenges despite the introduction of Free Primary Education and Free Day Secondary Education in 2003 and 2008.
He, however, expressed hope that the effective implementation of NESP is will lead to the development of high quality, relevant and equitable access to education that identifies and nurtures learners’ talents and gifts.
 Under NESP  the government undertakes to increase primary completion rate from 80.3% to 95%, raise literacy and numeracy levels, reduce existing dis[parities in provision of education services, improve quality of education by focusing on teacher quality and school strengthen school level leadership by improving management of teachers, particularly professional development, deployment of teachers and unaccounted for teacher absenteeism.
Also appending their signatures on the endorsement document also included World Bank Country Director, Diarietou Gaye, Mission Director United States for International Development (USAID), Karen Freeman, UNECF Representative, Kenya- Kanyankore Marcel Rudasingwa, Acting Head of cooperation Foreign Affairs and Trade Development of Canada Ms. Ashley Mulroney, Regional Director East Africa Resource African Development Bank, Mr. Gabriel Negatu, Senior Representative, JICA, Mr. Kazuhiro Tambara, UNESCO Country Director Regional Office for Eastern Africa Mr. Mohammed Djelid, the National Coordinator Elimu Yetu Coalition, Janet Ouko.
The Global Partnership for Education is made up of nearly 60 developing country governments, as well as donor governments, civil society/non-governmental organizations, teacher organizations, international organizations, and the private sector and foundations, whose joint mission it is to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to provide a good quality education to children, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable.
The Global Partnership for Education has allocated US$3.7 billion over the past decade to support education reforms in some of the world's.
It held a replenishment Conference on June 26, 2014, where it received new pledges of more than US$28.5 billion in additional funding for education for millions of children in more than 60 developing countries.
The conference marks the start of the Partnership's four-year replenishment period (2015-2018), which aims to raise a total of US$3.5 billion in donor commitments.
It is from this fund that Kenya hopes to tap to USD88.4million to finance the ambitious national education investment plan in the next three years.

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