Turkana County government partners with LUDIN Foundation

Turkana County government partners with LUDIN Foundation

BY TURKANA GUARDIAN CORRESPONDENT

County Executive for education Ms.Margaret Kuchal (right) exchanges the MOU document with Ms. Charlotte Ward regional head of LUNDIN Foundation. Looking on is Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok.

County Executive for education Ms.Margaret Kuchal (right) exchanges the MOU document with
Ms. Charlotte Ward regional head of LUNDIN Foundation. Looking on is Turkana Governor Josphat
Nanok.

The Turkana County Government
has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the Lundin
Foundation; a Canadian social invest-
ment organization based in Kenya to
revive Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

The signing took place on January 15, 2015 at the office of the Turkana
Governor. It marks the start of the implementation process of the project and the collaboration between Turkana County Government and the Lundin Foundation. Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok hailed the partnership with Lundin Foundation. “As a county we are happy that we
can now cement the talks we started a while ago with an agreement. I truly appreciate the Lundin Foundation for coming in to support us in the area of building skills”, said Nanok.
According to the governor, the partnership has come at the right time when the County is grappling with low levels of education.
The regional head of the Lundin Foundation, Ms. Charlotte Ward said she wants to raise the standards of education at Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

“The Lundin Foundation is excited to be working with the County Government and in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to enable Lodwar Youth Polytechnic to deliver the highest standard of technical qualifications,” she stated.

She explained that capacity development, advancing curriculum standards and teacher training are critical aspects of this programme. “We hope this partnership will set a great example for developing skills training in Kenya,”
she said.
She said she was excited to be part of the team. “I can’t wait to see the results. We want to raise the standards of Lodwar Polytechnic to the highest national and even international standards.”
The County Executive for Education,County Executive for education Ms.Margaret Kuchal (right) exchanges the MOU document with Ms. Charlotte Ward regional head of LUNDIN Foundation. Looking on is Turkana Governor Josphat
Nanok. PHOTO: GREG AKALL
Ms Margaret Kuchal praised the Foundation and offered support in the project execution.
“I thank the Lundin Foundation for their patience until now when we are signing the MOU. I want to assure you of our support throughout the partnership,” she said.
The Lundin Foundation is working with Africa Oil to bridge the skills gap in Turkana in order for youth to benefit from the opportunities related to a growing business sector. Mr. Donald Mahaga, the Africa Oil’s general Manager said the public-private partnership will advance education and training to match the growing demand for skills in Turkana as well
as create benefits through local content and skills transfer in the construction and training components.
“This is one of the empowerment initiatives being undertaken by Tullow and Africa Oil JV partnership in the county”, he said.
The Turkana Guardian learnt that Neo Africa Consulting Ltd, an education consultancy and management firm, is running the construction phase and will be opening the public tender in Lodwar for the procurement of goods, services and supplies.
A skills transfer programme is also being developed during the construction phase to bring a further benefit to Turkana before the new facilities open.
Other officials present at the signing of the MOU were the County Secretary, Mr. Peter Eripete, and the MP for Turkana Central, Hon. John Nakara Lodepe.






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