The County department of Education and ICT today rolled out the 1,868 new competence based curriculum design books to all the 877 public Early Years Education centers across the 8 sub counties in Homa Bay.

Speaking during the distribution exercise, the County Chief Officer for Education and ICT, Ms. Eunice Owino said the County had adopted the new system following a successful induction of the county’s 1,039 ECDE teachers by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development last year.

Sub-County directors of Education from the eight sub counties received the 1,868 copies of Curriculum Design books to be distributed to the teachers handling Early Years Education in their various sub counties.

“We decided to roll out this exercise in time to guide the teachers in the implementation of this new education system that focuses on nurturing of talents, besides academic capabilities,” Owino said.

County Assembly Members Hon. Nicholas Owaka from Kanyamwa Kosewe ward, Hon. David Oloo from Kanyamwa Kologi and Hon. Paul Adika from Lambwe ward thanked the County leadership for the timely roll out of this program and pledged their support in sensitizing the community to back this new curriculum.

The leaders who presided over the exercise called on other departments such as water and lands to offer their support to ensure the success of this new curriculum,

“We thank the Governor for allocating funds towards the implementation of this program in early January to help set up a strong foundation for our children who will not be left behind in this important education system,” said Hon. Owaka

He added: “We equally urge all stakeholders including World Vision and Plan International to support this program.”

The 877 public Early Years Education Centers will each receive two copies – one for Pre-primary One and the other for Pre-primary Two, with the remaining copies to be distributed to senior Early Years Education officials, including quality assurance officers and directors.