Nairobi, 4th March 2023
Nairobi City County Governor H.E Sakaja Johnson has today launched bursaries worth Ksh.1.025 billion to needy but bright students in the City.
The event that took place at the City Stadium (Joe Kadenge ) in Makadara Sub County was spearheaded by the Talents, Skills Development, and Care Sector County Executive, Mr. Brian Mulama.
Said Governor Sakaja, “The Bursary program aims to uplift the lives of those students who are in need of financial support in Nairobi, giving hope to the hopeless and supporting the dreams of the future generation in our beloved County.”
Since the advent of devolution in 2013, Nairobi City County Government has awarded almost 500,000 scholarships and bursaries worth nearly 3 billion Kenya shillings.
This year, the initiative is proud to announce an award of over 107,908 bursaries and scholarships, up from 80,008 in the previous financial year, totaling 1.025 billion, a significant increase from 640 million in the last Financial Year.
Said Governor Sakaja, “This marks an impressive 76% increase from the previous financial year, and it is expected that 27,900 more learners will benefit from the bursaries and scholarships, with a total commitment of 385 million this year.”
Added the County boss “It is worth noting that 515million will be awarded to needy but bright students from Nairobi Public Primary Schools, admitted to National, Extra County and County Boarding Secondary Schools across the country, representing more students whose dreams will be met and hope restored in homesteads and the community. “
The County Government of Nairobi has also increased the bursary allocation in each of the 85 wards from KES 4.5 million to KES 6 million, totaling to KES 510 million which is a commitment to investing in the talents and skills of students in Nairobi.
Said Ms. Margaret Lesuuda, the Regional Director of Education in Nairobi “We are honoured to be part of this initiative, which underscores our shared values and commitment to promoting talent and skills development in our community. We look forward to collaborating with the Bursary in Talents, Skills Development, and Care Sector in future endeavours. Let’s make Nairobi work by investing in our youth and promoting their talents and skills. Together, we can build a brighter future for our community.”