In order to realize the gains of investing in Integrated ECD, the County Government of Siaya has committed to strengthening the leadership capacity and engagement with all relevant government sectors to scale up ECD in Siaya County.
Speaking earlier this morning, H.E. governor Cornel Rasanga assured that he will ensure that Siaya regains its Glory as the source of academic Heroes and also a model County where others will learn from.
The governor further committed to use any available opportunity including the national platform of the Council of Governors to ensure that all children in Kenya develop to their full potential, clarifying that being a devolved function, Early Childhood Development has been part of the central plans of the Government with programmes targeting some 172, 669 children below 5 years in Siaya County being the priority.
Investing in Early Childhood Development has been a priority of Siaya leadership since 2013 though the main focus has been on preschool education. To date, the Government has constructed 200 model ECD centers at a tune of about 100 million and as well furnished the classrooms with chairs,lockers and cupboards at a cost of about Ksh. 109 million, and recruited 637 Early Childhood teachers who are paid Ksh.15,640 per month from the county coffers.
There has also been partnership programs with the County Government of Siaya to advance nurturing care in 2014 and this has since supported about 23 health facilities in the county todate.
While officially opening proceedings on Science of Early Childhood Development workshop for Siaya leaders, H.E. Rasanga revealed that his team met with partners supporting ECD amongst them representatives from Hilton Conrad Foundation where there was an agreement to launch and scale up Nurturing Care Project through the partnerships.
Prof. Kofi Marfo of Aga Khan University Institute for Human development ,who was also present promised to continue supporting the program for the sake of achieving optimal development of children in Siaya.
The county first lady H.E. Rosila Rasanga who also doubles up as the patron of the ECD and nurturing care in Siaya said that it is a sacred duty of every leader and parent to ensure that no child is left behind on the journey of nurturing care for Early childhood development.
Governor Rasanga reiterated that ECD is the vehicle towards promoting socioeconomic growth and political stability in the County and I therefore pledged to take lead in scaling up ECD in the whole County through collaboration with supporting partners and with the First Lady as the Champion and patron.
The program which is supported among by other partners Hilton Foundation, PATH, Amref Health Africa, Catholic Relief Service was also attended by County executive and members of Siaya County Assembly.
SIAYA COUNTY GOVERNMENT