The Ministry of Education & Children was established under the Executive Order No. 1 (2013) of the County Government, as one of the 10 ministries with the executive Committee.
A county is as good as its system of education. If this system is neglected the society as a whole will disintegrate. This is because an educated society is an empowered society. This has not been the case in Mombasa. For a while now education in Mombasa County has taken a back seat.
The population for this (0-5 years) age group is currently approximately 159,925. This age group constitutes 15.03 per cent of total population according to the 2012 population projections. The expected increase will require the County to put up additional Early Childhood Development Centers (ECD) and improve the quality of service delivery through training more teachers and provision of more learning and teaching materials as well as the construction of additional educational facilities.
There are currently 770 ECDE centers within the county, 85 public and 685 private centers with a total enrolment of approximately 57,000 students and 1,714 teachers. Only 7000 of these children go to public ECD, which means 160,000 who have not been enrolled in school yet. The rate of enrolment is bound to increase minimally if these learning institutions and technical capacity of those involved in these institutions remain the same.
In addition, over the past 25 years, approximately 146,000, (40%) of our children in Mombasa have not made it beyond Standard 8 and today form part of the constituency we call our youth in Mombasa. These children make the majority of our present youth who lack the required qualifications to become an empowered workforce that is able to contribute economically to the society.
The Department of Education and Children looks forward to its continued collaboration with the children of Mombasa, their parents and various stakeholders, in preparing our children for life!