President hails US support

October 20, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, October 20 – President Mwai Kibaki has thanked the U.S. Government for providing $38.4 million for the expansion of education programmes in marginalised parts of the country.

Speaking on Monday during a meeting with the U.S. Secretary for Education Ms. Margret Spellings who paid him a courtesy call at State House Nairobi, President Kibaki welcomed the financial support U.S. Government was providing through United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The U.S. Government through United States Agency for International Development has funded several projects in the education sector. I commend the ongoing efforts to consolidate links and partnerships between institutions of higher education of the two countries,” the President said.

The President noted with satisfaction that the multi-dollar African Education Initiative announced by President George Bush in 2002  has helped in increasing access to quality basic education in Kenya and other parts of Africa through scholarships, teacher training programmes and provision of material for teachers and students.

On her part, Ms. Spellings assured the President of her Government’s continued support in improving Kenya’s education sector.

The U.S. Education Secretary was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannneberger and the Director of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education Robin Gilchrist.

The programmes, supported by USAID, include the Primary School Infrastructure Project, Teacher Education and Professional Development Programme and Education for marginalized Children of Kenya which cover North Eastern and Coast provinces.

Present were Higher Education Minister Dr. Sally Koskey, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura and Permanent Secretaries Karega Mutahi and Crispus Kiamba.



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