Machakos County Government in partnership with I Choose Life Africa (ICL) and University of Nairobi (UON) on Thursday validated a Sh3.5 billion plan to improve education standards in Kangundo ahead of looming job opportunities at the Konza Techno City. With massive job opportunities imminent at the multi-billion Konza Techno City, there have been growing concern whether the region is technologically prepared to grab opportunities. The government estimates that more than 20,000 IT jobs will be created in Konza and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.
In recent years, Kangundo Sub County has been recording one of the worst performances in national exams with an average student recording a mean grade of D.The three year plan (2016-2019) however, seeks to reverse these worrying trends by improving grades to mean grade of B with aim of converting the region into a Silicon Savannah. Speaking during the ceremony held at Misyani Girls’ High School, the CEO of ICL Eng. Mike Mutungi said adoption of the strategy is crucial in equipping students with necessary skills to beat the digital literacy disparity in the region.
Sarang'ombe Ward residents, led by their Member of County Assembly, Hon. K'Otieno, with technical support from Nairobi Chapel, I Choose Life - Africa (ICL) and Centre for Economic Governance (CEG), partnered to develop the Sarang'ombe Ward 2015 - 2017 Strategic Plan; the 2nd of its kind in the country. The MCA mobilized five people from each Sub Location and formed the Sarang'ombe ward Development Committee, with 30 members.
The Sarang'ombe Strategic Plan focuses on six sectors; Water and Sanitation, Education, Access to Finance, Livelihoods, Technology and Health or simply WEALTH. Each sector has one flagship project. In 2015 - 2016, Water and Sanitation, with the flagship project being the establishment of 10 water tanks with the necessary piping to reach 5 villages within the Ward.
What: Launch of the Sarang'ombe Strategic Plan and also kick of the construction of the Community Service Center that will provide Water and Ablution facilities to about 5,000 ward residents
When: Wednesday 10th October 2015
Where: Kamkunji Grounds from 9.00 am to 1.00pm
The Event was officiated by Nairobi County Governor, H.E Dr. Evans Kidero.
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Press Release: 4th September 2015
Machakos County Government Officials, together with I Choose Life - Africa CEO and team will today get a sendoff to Sweden for a knowledge exchange visit. The delegation comprising 4 County officials and 2 ICL team members will be flagged off by Machakos County Governor, Hon. Alfred Mutua at 11.00am.
The knowledge exchange visit was birthed by the Machakos Strategic Think Tank with the objective of benchmarking the recently launched Machakos Vision 2020 against Sweden's Municipality management success. This project was initiated by I Choose Life- Africa (ICL) in partnership with Machakos County government, forming the Machakos Strategy Think Tank. The two key partners have been involved in implementing developmental programs in the county since 2012. Through observations and gaps identified in the course of interactions with the county citizens and the county government, I Choose Life Africa felt the need to facilitate effective collaboration between Boras Municipality in Sweden and Machakos County.
80,000 young people in Kenya to access role models and support for school-to-work transition
Nairobi, Kenya 18th March 2015 - Future First Global and 'I Choose Life - Africa' (ICL) launched an exciting new partnership today, which will provide access to role modelsand support in the transition from school into jobs, for some 80,000 young Kenyans over the next two years.The two-year partnership, launched in Nairobi, will see the expansion ofthe Future First programmeinto at least 80 government secondary schools across eight counties - Nairobi, Meru, LaikipiaMachakos, TaitaTaveta, UasinGishu, Turkana and Mombasa - reaching some of the most disadvantaged communities in Kenya.
Machakos, Kenya- Microsoft Corporation employees marked this year's International Women's Day eve by holding the 4th Edition of Microsoft's ICT Day for girls dubbed "DigiGirlz", in Machakos County, Kenya. The one day ICT workshop will be hosted in partnership with; I Choose Life Africa, Craft Silicon Foundation and Techno Brain Limited.
The initiative is a Global Microsoft YouthSpark Program for young women to build a pipeline of future workers ready for the challenges of the global economy. It gives high school girls the opportunity to interact with female Microsoft employees to gain exposure to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. Locally, it is executed by Microsoft employees as part of the company's Employee Volunteer Program (EVP). To date, it has seen over 750 girls from schools within Nairobi County benefit from the program.
This is an initiative by Jielimishe GEC Project together with MoEST and County Government which Seeks to support marginalized girls through mentorship and conducive learning environment for better quality education. It will bring together MoEST, County Governments and Corporates to support and improve education. I will also initiate the Employers' challenge to support and improve education in county schools