NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Mass enrollment of children in well-equipped
learning facilities is at the heart of Kenya’s drive to
eliminate illiteracy that is a drawback to the country’s
socio-economic progress, an official said on Tuesday.
Belio Kipsang, the
Principal Secretary for early learning and basic education, said
the government has invested in human capital, modern learning
facilities and technology to revamp early childhood education in
“As a government, we
have invested in early childhood education that is key to our
continued development in the light of dynamic changes in human
capital needs and the demand of knowledge driven economy,”
He spoke in Nairobi
during an international early childhood education for all forum
convened by regional governments and multilateral agencies.
policymakers, educationists and campaigners attending the forum
that Kenya has domesticated international instruments to boost
early childhood learning and realign it with national
“It is said that
investment in early childhood education substantially reduces
investments in other levels of education. The future prosperity
of any country hinges on access to education among children and
young people,” said Kipsang.
Kenya has enacted
new policies and legislation to revamp early childhood learning
amid quest to achieve universal literacy by 2030.
Kipsang said that
devolved units have developed robust pre-primary learning
facilities to ensure young children acquire numeracy and reading
“At the heart of our
revamped early childhood education policy is promotion of soft
skills among young learners to ensure they are part of our
national social and economic rejuvenation,” said Kipsang.
He said that
employment of additional teachers and acquisition of digital
learning tools has revitalized early childhood education in
government is carrying out pilot studies on state of early
childhood education to identify gaps and weakness that needs to
be corrected,” said Kipsang.
He said that the
ongoing curriculum review will have a positive impact on early
childhood education in the country.