EDUCATION CHIEF OFFICER DISTRIBUTES 900 FACEMASKS TO EARLY YEARS EDUCATION CENTERSBushnell Odhiambo
Education and ICT chief officer, Mr. Wilfred Awuor today received 900 age-appropriate facemasks from the Council of Governors Education appraisers who came on a mission to assess readiness and to assist with safe reopening of schools.
The Council of Governors saw an urgent need for over 1 million masks for millions of learners at these centers countrywide after 10 month of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at Arunda model center in Homa Bay, when he issued 210 age-appropriate facemasks to learners, Mr. Awuor noted that learners interact a lot hence the urgent need to ensure safe learning by providing them with these re-usable masks.
“Each learner is given an extra re-usable mask to ensure they always have an option when they wash one. This will promote safe learning.” He said.
The team visited Nyagidha Education Center where they distributed 300 facemasks, Chiga Education Center and Shauri yako Education Center where they distributed 240 and 150 facemasks respectively.
The Council of Governors embarked on an assessment of the implementation of measures towards safe learning by respective county governments.
Homa Bay sub-county director of Early Years Education (EYE), Ms. Teresa Akoko lauded the council for their support towards children.
“Our children can now return to school safely, but we appeal for distribution of more of these re-usable age-appropriate facemasks to our needy institutions.”
Mr. Awuor said that the department of education and ict is working closely with the council of governors and key stakeholders in the education sector to address major challenges in early years education.
“We have noted a shortage of caregivers in some of the centers we visited in homa bay sub-county and we are going to deploy teachers in such centers.”