By James Gitaka
Over 50 girls who were forced to drop out of school due to early teen pregnancies in Marakwet West Constituency ,Elgeyo Marakwet County will have a chance to fulfill their education dream after Stanbic bank partnered with Brigid Kosgei Foundation to support the initiative .
During a ceremony held at the Eka Hotel Eldoret, Brigid Kosgei the world women marathon record holder , said her quest to support the girl child education was as a result of her education dream that was cut short while in form three due to lack of school fees and that many more girls were likely to drop out of school if not supported to realize their dreams,
“I am Pleased today due to the support of the Stanbic bank , we will support many young girls who have been forced to drop out of school due to one reason or another ,they will get back to school and achieve their dreams ,there is a saying charity begins at home ,and today many young girls in my village that hosts Kipkundul day school in Marakwet west ,will be the first lot to benefit from this partnership” said Brigid .
The Stanbic bank Chief executive Charles Mudiwa noted that the bank was committed to changing lives through supporting education initiatives across the country ,ideals that were replicated through Brigid Kosgei who is the banks ambassador,
“We believe in the saying that if you educate a woman you empower the society , we are particularly interested in supporting young girls from humble backgrounds and especially those that were impregnated during the Covid-19 Pandemic , In Kenya one out of every 5 girls below the age of 19 years is likely to be impregnated and this means many dreams are cut short , we want to support the young girls get back to school,”Said Mr.Mudiwa.
Stanbic bank has signed a cheque worth Six million that will go a long way in supporting at least 50 teen mothers this year get back to school and at least 10 more males students from Kipkindul day school,
“In our partnership today we have signed a cheque worth six million shillings ,next year we hope to have more than 50 young girls supported to realize their education dream,”Said the Chief Executive Stanbic bank.
Marakwet West member of parliament kipchumba Toroitich also present lauded the initiative and promised to support the many young teen mothers who have been forced to drop from school continue with their education
“Through the NG-CDF we will improve the school infrastructure , Kipkundul Day school has a lot of challenges and together we will support education, I was elected on a platform of change and together we will bring about transformative change in the educational sector , Education is an equalizer ,”Said the Member of parliament .
Some of the victims of early teenage pregnancies from Kipkundul day School regretted having fallen victims but promised to work hard in order to realize their future dreams and be an inspiration to many young girls whose education has been delayed by the increasing teen pregnancies .