Opinion: Children from poor backgrounds are the brightest yet always neglected

By Elkanah Nyauma

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Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has assured the top girl and top student in 2020’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education a four – year scholarship from the Constituency Development Fund.

My big question is: If this girl’s dream was to join the Kenya High School, why is it that the school could not offer her a scholarship, just one student!!!

Where is the government’s support for education? Where are the so-called philanthropists of this country?

Where is the US Aid and all other aids’ “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment evangelism?”

What about Equity Bank’s “Wings to Fly” and other banks’ scholarships and other educational local arrangements?

What about SDGs parades of “Quality Education” and “sustainability” vision 2030 strategic education support. What about girl child empowerment committees and community based organisations?

Last but not least, where are the musicians and poets with their “there comes a time when we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as one song and help promises?

Where is the support for the girl child, good people???

Matungulu MP Stephen Mule (L) with CDF committee members issue a Kes.120, 000 cheque to Faith Mumo and her mother Flora Kathini at CDF office in Matungulu, Machakos County on Monday, July 19. Image: GEORGE OWITI

I mean the top student in a national exam is struggling to get a high school education. Then we say we are raising the leaders of tomorrow.

We need to stop lying to ourselves. This is a failure of the highest level and the earlier we see this, the better.

Let us get out of our comfort zones.

I leave you with verse 2 of the song “we are the world”

Have a blesse there comes a time when we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as one

We can’t go on
Pretending day-by-day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We’re all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me

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