Let’s all join in congratulating the Right Hon. Prime Minister Raila Odinga and MP for Langata for yet again another development success story this one in his individual capacity involving continued improvement of educational opportunities in Kibera.
The Raila Education Center, one of the many initiatives and projects undertaken by Raila in his individual capacity and as a way of contribution back to society, is set to build a new ultra-modern school at the center.
The new school will be a center of academic excellence and will admit students from the East Africa region who will have the Research, Innovation, Science, Engineering and Math (RISEM) driven education as their foundation.
During the during the ground-breaking ceremony at the center in Kibera this week, Prime Minister Raila Odinga revealed that the education center will be built in three phases.
The first phase includes the construction of 14 classrooms and a girls’ hostel.
A state-of-the-art library and laboratory will be put up in the second phase.
Finally, a sports academy will be built, which is expected to double the number of students at the center.
The center currently has more than 1,116 children in its primary and secondary school, 64% of who are orphans from informal settlements.
About Raila Educational Centre
The Raila Educational Centre (REC) is located in the heart of Kibera, a slum with an estimated population of approximately 500,000 situated on less than 5% of Nairobi’s land mass.
While many families cannot afford to pay school fees, REC provides students with opportunities and a quality education to uplift themselves out of their current conditions.
Where a sense of hopelessness is common throughout the Kibera slum, REC students are resilient and strive for academic excellence and to become well rounded individuals.
Raila Educational Centre aims to:
Provide quality education for students from vulnerable backgrounds
- Offer support to ensure academic achievement and personal growth
- Develop well rounded students who excel in academics as well as in extracurricular activities
- Provide students with opportunities and resources
- Prepare students for university and to compete in a global market
- Train and develop staff to enable students’ academic achievement
- Improve infrastructure
Given the inadequacies in public schools infrastructure, REC provides access to education wherein students are able to enroll in the school to undertake both their primary and secondary education.
In addition, there is a free lunch program, provided by First Love organization, to ensure students have a good balanced diet, critical for their development and academic success.
Again, let’s commend the PM for these worthy accomplishments and wish him success as he continues to provide leadership in achieving even more success for all Kenyans.