Several public primary and secondary schools in North Rift region are set to benefit in term of access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation for the learners in a multi-billion shilling project that has been rolled out by an International NGO.
The NGO, Aid Kenya Foundation is targeting 30 schools in the region which will be given first priority in the implementation of the Sh 1.5 billion programme that will run for a three years.
Armstrong Ongera, the Aid Kenya executive director said that according to their assessment, majority of the public schools have deplorable toilets and inadequate boarding facilities.
“There is no privacy among the students as the dormitories are congested and they are vulnerable to infectious diseases whereas the toilets are very few and in bad condition,” said Ongera.
Armstrong was speaking in Ziwa area of Uasin Gishu County during the launch of the multi-billion shilling programme.
He was accompanied by Cheryl Griffin, Aid Kenya international coordinator. Griffin expressed concern over the deplorable state of pit latrines in the public schools and lack of water which she attributed to under performance in national exams.
“There is no way the primary and secondary schools students can concentrate in class without clean drinking water and proper sanitation in place,” said Griffin.
According to Ongera, the foundation will construct a modern toilet and a bore hole that will be installed with pumping machine in each of the targeted learning institution that will cost Sh 5 million.
He said the programme which is being implemented under African water and sanitation project will create conducive learning environment among the students, teaching and non teaching staff.
The director said the first phase of the programme had been implemented in Coast and Nyanza region adding that they are set to cover the entire country as part of their initiative to improve the learning environment of the school community.