Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim has unveiled a pioneering initiative to provide Early Childhood Development Education(ECDE) children with milk in schools to promote their development.

The programme is a partnership and the Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC).

Education Principal Secretary Bellio Kipsang commended the Governor for initiating such a transformative programme.

“One meal per day is so important to children, mainly when we are dealing with milk,” he said.

Speaking during the programme's launch, the PS lauded the County Boss for making ECDE teachers permanent and pensionable to enhance their motivation and commitment.

Further, he called upon the local farmers to increase milk production to meet the programme's demands, stressing the importance of their contribution to ensuring the initiative's success.

On his part, Governor Jonathan Bii emphasized that the launch of the ECDE milk programme marked the realization of one of his key campaign promises, where he pledged to ensure the nutritional well-being of the young learners in the ECDE.

The programme aims to provide nutritious milk to 40,000 young learners twice weekly in 687 ECDE centres across Uasin Gishu County.

“This programme will benefit more than 40,000 children in our public ECDEs ensuring that they have access to a regular supply of nutritious milk,” he said.

He underscored the significance of combating malnutrition among students from disadvantaged backgrounds, asserting that the programme would level the playing field and contribute to the overall success, retention, and transition of school children.

“This programme addresses the pressing issue of malnutrition that affect many of our learners. We understand that not all children come from the same background,” added Chelilim.

The Governor extended his support to local farmers, promising to ensure a steady animal feed supply to boost milk production. Creating a favourable environment for dairy farmers will foster economic growth and alleviate poverty within the county.