The County Government of Kakamega has today entered into a partnership with Bukura Agricultural College (BAC) and the Kenya Literature Bereau (KLB) to offer enhanced and certified training programmes for learners in the Early Childhood Development centres (ECD) and the County Polytechnics.

In the partnership, KLB will provide the relevant instructional materials such as learners books and teachers guides and also supply the materials to all ECD centres and County Polytechnics across the county for effective and quality learning as well as build capacity for the institutions. Bukura Agricultural College on the other hand will undertake assessment and certification of the students under the Agricultural Technical & Vocational Education training (ATVET) programmes offered in the County Polytechnics.

ATVET equips learners and farmers with skills to improve both Livestock Production and crop farming. A total 600 ATVET graduates from the 12 sub counties, 50 per sub county, will be assessed and handed certificates upon completion of their 6 months training.

CECM for Education, Science & Technology Joseph Indire said enrolment oflearners in both ECD centres and county Polytechnics has increased due to the quality of education and training programmes offered in the institutions.County Secretary Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo who graced the event said the county government of Kakamega has created a conducive environment for institutions and businesses to operate in the county. She said the government, which she also serves as the head of public service, has prioritized empowerment of farmers with the relevant technical skills to create and encourage self employment.

Also in attendance were Chief Officers Dr. Irene Ashioya of Education, Science and Technology and her counterparts at the Livestock Production, Veterinary services and Fisheries and Agriculture and Livestock dockets Dr. Kelly Nelima & Mr. Jeremiah Namunyu respectively, Bukura Agricultural Training College Principal Dr. Richard Wekesa and the Kenya Literature Bereau Business Development manager Evans Toto among others.

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