Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui speaks at Salabani Primary School during the commissioning of new classes and other structures constructed by ChildFund Kenya at the cost of Ksh30 million. Looking on is ChildFund Kenya Country Director Alice Anukur (right).
Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui speaks at Salabani Primary School during the commissioning of new classes and other structures constructed by ChildFund Kenya at the cost of Ksh30 million. Looking on is ChildFund Kenya Country Director Alice Anukur (right). [Photo/ Courtesy]

Salabani Primary, the school that was in 2020 swept by floods from Lake Baringo and Bogoria, has been reconstructed with new classrooms set on higher ground. The school, located in Baringo County, has undergone a significant makeover, giving it a fresh new look.

The r************n was sponsored by ChildFund Kenya, which caters to the welfare of children, to the tune of $299,000 (about Ksh30 million). Working with the Central Rift Community Development Program (CRCDP), ChildFund constructed eight primary and two ECD classrooms, an administration block as well as pit latrines.

ChildFund Kenya Country Director Alice Anukur said the primary section has been equipped with 400 desks while the pre-primary level with 170 chairs and 45 tables. Enrollment and transition are expected to grow as the school has a favourable learning environment.

The new structures were officially commissioned by Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui, who underscored the need to create a supportive learning environment for children.

“The new structures provide a comfortable and safe learning environment for children while staff and employees have a modern and spacious administration block,” says Ms Anukur.

Salabani Primary and ECD Centre were hit hardest by the flooding in Baringo County, leading to temporary closure after it was submerged. The school relocated to a new site with make-shift iron sheet structures that were not comfortable for learning.

Speaking at the event, Ms Anukur noted that climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to children’s lives. Climate change drives inequality and prolongs poverty traps, she said, with children and adolescents particularly exposed.

She said floods create extra barriers to e*******n in areas where rising hunger, ongoing conflict, and the impact of the COVID-19 p******c have already affected children’s learning.

“Up to two-thirds of preventable illness and d***h from environmental hazards such as flooding is experienced by children, with the burden predominantly in those aged under five years,” she said.

According to ChildFund, every year, around 1.5 million children see their e*******n interrupted in Kenya – and half of them drop out of school because of climate and environmental threats.

The ChildFund Kenya Country Director said children out of school are at greater risk of being a****d and exploited or recruited into child labour or into a***d groups.  Girls are less likely to return to school once lessons resume and many become v*****s of early marriage.

“Developmental gains in e*******n are offset due to damage or destruction of school facilities due to flooding, extended disruption of e*******n, and limited access to schooling,” she said.

Globally 900,000 people have been affected, 50,000 displaced and 400 d**d due to floods and landslides since August 2021, according to ChildFund statistics.

“These challenges compromise children’s rights and access to quality e*******n and sets up an unfortunate cycle of poverty and inequality as without a proper e*******n, there is little chance of improving one’s situation later in life,” she says.

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