In Summary

•Parents with bright but needy students in Kakamega, have been urged to apply for the scholarships.

•The Elimu programme will sponsor 5,000 learners but if more partners come on board, the numbers when combined will rise to between 7,000 and 9,000 scholarships.

Some of the 1,259 wings to fly scholars who attended the annual Education and Leadership Congresses.
BRIGHT AND NEEDY: Some of the 1,259 wings to fly scholars who attended the annual Education and Leadership Congresses.
Image: CALISTUS LUCHETU

Equity Group will sponsor 2,000 students for the Wings to Fly Programme, for the 2022-2023 Form One selection, at Sh2 billion.

The scholarship will benefit bright but needy students.

Equity Group chief information officer Denis Vulemi said the foundation has two programmes, the Wings to Fly and Elimu scholarship.

Vulemi said the Wings to Fly requires a learner to attain 350 marks and above and despite the limited slots, they have to take the neediest students who are academically gifted.

“For the Elimu scholarship programme which is in partnership with the government, sponsored by the World Bank, we require 280 marks and above,” Vulemi said

He spoke on Wednesday during the closing ceremony of the 12th annual Equity education and leadership congress, at Kakamega High School.

Vulemi urged parents with bright but needy students in Kakamega, to apply for the scholarships.

He said the Elimu programme will sponsor 5,000 learners but if more partners come on board, the numbers when combined will rise to between 7,000 and 9,000 scholarships.

“The selection process is starting. We have the community county-level boards that have started going through the applications and visiting homes, to validate if the learners are bright and needy,” Vulemi said.

Kakamega county director of Education Dickson Ogonya said they were optimistic that much can be done to ensure every child has access to quality education, mentorship and training.

“We would like to thank Equity Group Foundation for championing this agenda and for their continued support through the Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarship programme,” Ogonya said.

He said the scholars’ participation in the congress will make them responsible leaders and help reshape their community and future.

The congress is organised by the Equity group to bring together scholars sponsored through the Equity group foundation and Wings to fly to support, mentor and guide them.

The congress was decentralised due to a large number of scholars as the programme has continued to expand and extend full secondary scholarships to more deserving children.

The Kakamega region hosted 1,259 scholars drawn from across the county including 691 girls and 568 boys who are currently pursuing their secondary education on full scholarships

This year’s theme is, Self-Drive: The Key to Lifetime Transformation.

It comes at a time when the education sector is returning to normalcy after disruption by Covid-19.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

Equity group chief information officer Denis Vulemi in Kakamega on Wednesday
Equity group chief information officer Denis Vulemi in Kakamega on Wednesday
Image: CALISTUS LUCHETU
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