Education stakeholders in Nakuru County are calling on government and the elected leaders to ensure more resources are channeled to schools equitably to help address literacy challenges facing schools at grass root level.
Speaking on Saturday during the International Literacy Day celebrations, the educationists led by Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum President Mr. Philip Ng’ok said schools at grass root level still face challenges of resources an issue that might hinder the fight against illiteracy.
According to Ng’ok, without literacy levels being high then the country cannot achieve its agenda as far as development is concerned.
He added that Sustainable Development Number 4 on education can only be achieved if all stakeholders and more partners step in to ensure more resources in the sector.
“As we move towards SDG number 4 on education you find that we still have a challenge as provision of resources is still a challenge. We therefore call on both county and national government, other partners to step and ensure resources in our schools” said Ng’ok.
The Tusome Early Grade Reading activity to mark this year’s international Literacy Day was Organized by Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum in partnership with County government of Nakuru, Kenya National Library and other stakeholders.
The activity that was attended by pupils from 25 primary schools including special needs from Nakuru East, Nakuru West and Rongai sub counties saw pupils taken through essay writing, reading and speaking.
According to Kenyan National Library Service Nakuru Branch Manager Mrs. Purity Kavuri Mutuku, there are several literacy challenges that can only be addressed through collective responsibility.
While commending Nakuru Youth Bunge for the initiative to improve literacy levels through the Tusome initiative, Mrs.Mutuku also called on government and other stakeholders to join hands in ensuring the agenda is achieved.She called on parents to continue supporting the library by ensuring their children use the facility.
While noting that the world was transforming day in out, the librarian called for need to embrace technology and innovation.
“We have literacy challenges, but the solutions are with as they can be addressed through collective responsibility. We all have to embrace reading culture and I call on government and the entire leadership including the MCAs to ensure that we have resource centres in every sub county” said Mrs.Mutuku.
Similar sentiments echoed by Director of Culture Nakuru County Ms Alice Gikonde.
The Director stating that Education was the only way to transform the society.”If we want to transform the society then we must think about education” said Ms Gikonde.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Kenyan National Library Service Nakuru Branch Manager Mrs. Purity Kavuri Mutuku addressing on September 8th during the International Literacy Day celebrations held at the library in partnership with Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum and other education stakeholders.