Residents of Pate in Lamu East Constituency celebrated the establishment of the first-ever girls boarding secondary school in the often marginalized region.
The school was officially launched by Deputy President William Ruto in December 2018 but started admitting students in January with the boarding facilities now fully functional.
The area has never had a girls secondary school, thus leading the majority of teenagers to early marriages as Class Eight has for a long time been the end of their academic road.
The area Member of Parliament, Athman Shariff confirmed the establishment of the new beacon of girl education when speaking to Kenyans.co.ke
During its opening, the MP emphasized that education was vital for securing a bright future for both the boy and girl child.
“Pate Girls Boarding Secondary School will play a major role in increasing the number of girls completing secondary education here in our constituency,” he affirmed.
Shariff went on to add that girls completing secondary education for the first time, will then act as role models for those behind them.
The local chiefs and village elders have been going around to spread the word as well as raise awareness that the young girls now had an option and a facility in which they could realize their dreams.
Kilifi Woman Representative, Getrude Mbeyu lauded historical achievement and revealed that education was the only way for marginalized communities to escape the poverty cycle.
Pate Girls Secondary School was funded by the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) and well-wishers.
The boarding facilities at the landmark establishment can now accommodate 300 girls.
Local leaders have been very vocal in alleging that areas such as Lamu East and Kilifi are often marginalized when it comes to government projects.
Barely a week ago, Kilifi North MP, Owen Baya, accused the government of failing to release the Ksh12 Billion equalization fund meant for marginalized counties.
“As Kilifi people there are things happening in Kenya which are not satisfactory, article 204 of the constitution states that there shall be equalization funds because there are certain regions that have not benefited from the national cake, the aim of the fund was to pull them up,’’ he asserted.
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