Quest for education in Turkana County, Kenya

Turkana is the largest but the poorest county in Kenya. It occupies the north western part of the country boardering three countries;Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. This place is one of the places bad affected by the age long concept of marginalization in the country. It is on that premise that every aspect of its people lagged behind including education. 

The climate of the country is not favorable and therefore a few places are suitable for human habitation. Therefore, the population is scarce and concentrated especially in its semi-urban town of Lodwar,the county's capital. Education is a problem owing to the challenges the county faces ranging from hunger, diseases, illiteracy and poor road network. The children face a lot of problems in quest at least to drink from the calabash of the white man's magic. The case in point is a school in my neighborhood called Nakwasinyen Primary school. Here,the Children are taught under trees and most of whom show up in 'class' in tattered clothing . During the rainy season, learning cannot take place. Learning materials is a problem;there are no enough books, pens and other essential stationery. There are no enough teachers , most teachers hailing from urban places do not want to come to Turkana because its adverse climatic condititons. It is a peculiar lifestyle in the 21st Century and with a government that always promises a lot but implements little at least in a bid to find something to use as a campaign tool in the upcoming 2017 General Elections.

The devolved unit of governance came as a beacon of hope but a lot need to be done. The place performs badly in national examinations due to the foregoing problems. I believe that a society that invests in education, invests in its future generations and posterity. However, ours is an opportunistic leadership that does not discharge its legally given mandate but treads on blackmail and corruption. Non Governmental organizations have always chipped in however a host of issues such as accessibility to schools, provision of basic learning materials, a stable feeding programmes in schools. Turkana requires the input of everyone including the government , all kind of aid from any well wisher if we really care about our planet and its people because this is one part of the world that requires our attention. Education is an equalizer. The Turkana people can never be equal to the rest of the country if the education is compromised, if they do not access education because of the challenges they are facing as a community.


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