Hujambo! It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Kenya.
Aga Khan Foundation and the Madrasa Early Childhood Program has supported tens of thousands of young children in East Africa to reach their full potential. Having been involved in this work since 1998, I have had the privilege of seeing preschool beneficiaries become gynecologists, bankers, and lawyers, to name a few.
Support from the Government of Canada and Canadian supporters over the past three decades has been instrumental in ensuring all children have access to quality education in Kenya, starting in the early years. The strength of this partnership was on full display when the coronavirus triggered school closures across Kenya, forcing students, teachers, and parents to adapt to the new challenges of remote learning. We were able to implement a broad range of innovations, from TV programs promoting reading to WhatsApp groups to support teachers, all to ensure children can flourish, even in challenging circumstances.
We know more challenging days lay ahead. Our work ensuring children have a stable foundation is even more necessary now to build a future that is more prosperous, peaceful, and inclusive.
Thank you for your partnership in our work.