By Jerry Oluoch
For Dr. Eve Obara the Kabondo Kasipul Mp, Education is not a preparation to life, but education is life it’s self. To her we should treat education as part of life and not an addition or rites passage like baptism or marriage. “We need to develop a society where education is second to non of our basic needs in life”. This has been her driving force ever since she took office in 2017.
Amongst her ground breaking education program is the ” Constituency Stars Programs” that identifies the “creame de la creame” of every KCPE cycle and awards full scholarship to them. The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the whole year and pocket money to the pupils and targets two pupils per each of the 11 locations. Among the key factors to be considered for one to benefit from this noble program includes, pupil must be from a public school, orphaned, PLWD, amongst others. So far, 3 cohorts have benefited from the scheme since it inception in 2018.
Bursary schemes which have been a general outcry all over the country has had minimal complaints in Kabondo. Eve has ensured, that only those who qualify in criteria are awarded. Orphans have benefited much with the highest getting 16,000 ksh and lowest at 8,000.
The creation of Constituency model primary school is also a new concept developed by Madam Eve, and Kabondo Kasipul is amongst the few to run such models in the South of Sahara. The model schools are developed to suit the modern trends in education curriculum and academic requirements to enable pupils achieve better results with minimal effort due to the infrastructure in the school. So far, the model is in its second phase. The first pilot Model Primary Schools include: Nyawango Model Primary school in Kakello/Kokwanyo Ward, Apando school in Kojwach ward, Osuri Model school- Kabondo West and Othoro model in Kabondo East ward. The second phase which was flagged off late last year includes, Saramba in Kakello/Kokwanyo ward, Lwanda in Kabondo East, Kogola- Kabondo West and Ringa Model Primary School in Kojwach ward. Her projection is to have at least 20 Model Schools by the end of the year 2022 which means each ward will have 5 new well equipped schools.
Education exchange programmes is also part of her transformational package. As a member of the committee of Education, Science and Research in Parliament, Obara has already set the road mark to have an academic exchange programs between the German Bundestag and her Constituency. This will be implemented either through live video links or physical transfer. Kabondo will gain more from Germany if this will be implemented during her tenure, German being amongst the leaders in Technology in the World.
Young mother’s training program “Fundi na Mama” is a 2 months crash program meant to impact craft knowledge for young women in a bid to enable them get jobs in EPZ. This is also an initiative of the Mp. So far over 100 women have gotten job placements through the program.
Since learning without place made Jack a dull boy, Eve has established the Annual Kabondo get together Sports extravaganza which creates a platform for the resident to show case their talents on the different sporting fields. These include soccer, volleyball, netball, cycling, dancing, visual and performing arts. Last year she hosted the 3rd sporting get together in Wangapala, The first being in Got Rateng in 2017 and Ringa in 2018.
Her other strength is being a team player. The Mp hosts an annual Headmasters workshop that brings together headteachers in Constituency from both public and private school to analyze the exam performance and strategize for the new Academic Calendar. By so doing, it gives her an east task in finding solutions to the problems in schools while breaking new frontiers in the education sector in Kabondo Kasipul, a cardinal tool for Constituency development.
Education is there for a beacon for transformative development in Kabondo Kasipul, just as they say it here, Somo gi Dongruok.
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