US to donate Sh3.2 billion for Kenya primary literacy program

President William Ruto of the United States has secured Sh3.2 billion that will help boost the Kenya Primary Literacy Program (KPLP).

The amount will be provided by USAID, which is implementing the KPLP in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

KPLP programs are taught in English and Kiswahili in all public primary schools and in selected private schools.

The program aims to scale innovations to address the literacy needs of students in grades 1-3 while building more inclusive, responsible and resilient educational institutions and systems.

Additionally, the governments of Kenya and the United States, in collaboration with Microsoft, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Howard University, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College announced the establishment of EDTECH Africa.

The initiative serves as an emerging technological bridge between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and African scholars.

Its goal is to cultivate educational exchanges in the ever-evolving landscape of emerging technology.

“This initiative expands on Mastercard’s existing investment of $6.5 million for the Atlanta University Center Consortium Data Science Initiative and $5 million for Howard University’s Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics, involving actively engage African scholars with HBCU students and faculty on the journey toward greater competency as data scientists,” the White House read.

Microsoft will also invest an additional $500,000 to support the HBCU and Kenyan students participating in research at the Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

This complements its recent $350,000 contribution to the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s Data Science Initiative to establish a network of data science faculty at all HBCUs.

“USAID intends to invest $850,000 to facilitate this partnership between HBCUs and Kenyan universities,” the White House said.

Other programs to be supported include an exchange program for sixty Kenyan university students to study for a semester in the United States, with a focus on STEM to support the development and success of the next generation of Kenyan scientists, researchers and engineers. .

“As the United States and Kenya celebrate 60 years of bilateral relations and remember the positive and lasting impact of the Kennedy-era student airlift, the recently announced Kennedy-Mboya partnerships support a new scholarship program that promotes intellectual, academic and innovative exchange . “, reads the writing.

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