, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – Governor Evans Kidero has revealed plans to provide 10,000 housing units to accommodate all teachers working in public schools within Nairobi county.
Speaking during the 8th African Education International Regional Conference on Wednesday, Kidero pointed out that out of 300,000 teachers in the country, about 8,000 are from Nairobi, and they work under a less conducive environment.
Kidero stated that the housing units will enable the teachers to focus more on imparting knowledge to students with the aim of making them better citizens.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you ladies and gentlemen of this noble profession. At times as leaders and parents, we do not thank you enough or pay sufficient tribute to the role that you play to shape the current and future society and this is because your contributions is just not in preparing our children, but you also provide guidance,” he said.
He further indicated that City Hall is in the process of implementing the report of the Task Force for the Education Sector in the County.
“You are the architects of our future because you design, create and build futures on a daily basis. I was talking to our President and he was telling me that if it was not for his teacher in pre-primary school, he would not even be sitting here. So you play a very important role in society,” he indicated.
He noted that education systems worldwide are facing many challenges in the 21st Century since students/pupils have to deal with emerging trends in the society that affects their holistic growth in the academic life and it’s only the teacher who is in a position to address the challenges.
“The teaching function involves attitudinal, mental and physical development of the youth to become responsible citizens. This entails imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for moulding behaviour to standards acceptable to the society,” he said.
“Our constitution, Article 187 on transfer of functions and powers between levels of government has created synergy between the National Government and the County Governments. Ladies and gentlemen, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once said that the size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough,” he stated.