Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 23 July 2021……..160 needy students from poor backgroungs also some being orphans have benefited from Equity banks scholarships under the Banks Wings to Fly and Elimu scholarship program in Kisii County.
Addressing the press on Friday after launching the program the Bank’s Kisii Branch Manager, Robinson Mirieri said 22 and 138 students have been sponsored under the wings to fly and Elimu out 970 and 1200 learners who applied respectively.
The Manager noted that the process was rigorous and competitive which made it difficult to come up with the final list of beneficiaries out of more than two thousand applicants but final 160 students were selected .
He said the number of students from poor families is increasing and urged individuals and organizations to support them to complement the government’s effort in promoting education.
The Manager appealed to community members with evidence that some parents gave false information for their children to benefit so that they can be replaced, stressing there are other deserving learners who can be given the opportunity.
In attendance Kisii county Commissioner, Allan Macharia, he said chiefs, education officers and community members helped identify deserving learners.
He lauded the Bank and the partners for supporting orphaned and children from poor families access education, adding education was an inherent right for children and is enshrined in the constitution.
“ I know parents of the children and guardians are facing economic hardship. They should know that partners are ready to support them ease their burden” Macharia said.
He said the partners had offered full scholarships to the learners and challenged the parents and guardians to focus on other children and strive to educate them.
Kisii County Principal Education Officer, Justuce Kemei, who represented area Director of Education, Pius Ngoma said the rate of school dropout and poverty was high in Nyamache and Marani sub counties and had prompted the partners support children from those areas.
“The learners cannot join secondary school due to poverty and lack of adequate infrastructure to accommodate them in secondary schools” Kemei said.
He lauded the partners for the scholarships, saying they enabled the learners to join secondary schools for the government to attain 100 percent transition.
“ The greatest inheritance a parent can bequeath to his children is the best education. We want our children to transit to secondary schools and not to be wasted” Kemei noted.
Kisii County Education Executive Committee member, Amos Andama commended the bank’s effort in complementing the education of children from poor families.
The CEC, who represented Governor James Ongwae said the county government has disbursed Ksh. 650 m to 160, 000 orphans and learners from poor families.
“Banks are known to keep money and generate profits. Equity Bank has a passion for education and that is why it is offering scholarship under its Corporate Social Responsibility” Andama said.