By PETER ATSIAYA
The Canadian Government has sponsored the construction of seven schools for non-formal education in Kakamega County at a cost of more than Sh42 million.
The funds have been channeled through the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (Acces) that facilitated the construction of the schools to promote non-formal education in the region.
Acces Programmes Director Lucy Tengeye said that construction of four schools out of the seven is complete and pupils have occupied them.
“The construction of Elufafa, Ematsayi and Tumaini schools in Lurambi Constituency which cost Sh3.8 million each is over and classes are being occupied by learners,” Ms Tengeye explained.
She added that the other four schools which included Emasera, Munasio, Shivagala and Shitaho had been allocated Sh7.8 million each.
Tengeye was speaking at the newly built Shitaho Community School after she presided over the migration of pupils from the dilapidated old school on Monday.
Acces Scholarship Co-ordinator Clara Muyera, School’s Head Teacher Benedict Lukalia and Management Committee Chairman Enock Manga joined jovial pupils and teachers in songs and dance as they moved to the new-look classrooms.
“The next project that we are going to construct would be Emasera Community School to give it a new face,” said Tengeye.
She added that Canadian High Commissioner David Collins who opened the Shitaho School last month was satisfied with the way the funds his government has invested in the programmes were spent.
“We have ensured transparency and accountability in management of the funds from donors and that is why they are willing to fund more projects under this programme,” said Tengeye.