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Private entities urged to support new curriculum

Nyeri Central Sub-County Curriculum Support Officer Joseph Raigwa has urged private entities to supplement the government’s efforts in implementing the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Raigwa said some entities have assisted in training teachers and learners to gain more insight and knowledge in practical activities away from theory especially in the area of nutrition.
He was speaking Wednesday at Ithenguri Primary School in Nyeri Central Sub-County during the launch of its school nutrition garden supported by Nestle Kenya.
The school nutrition garden is modeled in line with the once popular 4K Clubs that used to exist in every public primary school but became dormant in early 1990’s.
“We are speaking of a success story where one of our schools has been supported to understand nutrition and its benefits,” Raigwa said.
The Nestle’s “School Nutrition Gardens” initiative is part of the company’s global Nestle for healthier children programme which emphasizes on the need for nutrition education and physical activities for primary school going children as a way of addressing increased cases of malnutrition.
Raigwa said what pupils learnt in school would also be cascaded to the homes and therefore supplement their diets for a healthy generation.
Speaking during the same occasion, the champion of Nestle company activities who is also a teacher in the institution Kenneth Warui said a healthier child will grasp what is taught especially in this era of CBC.
He urged other local schools to embrace the initiative for the benefit of the larger Ithenguri community.
The Nestle Kenya company corporate affairs officer Joseph Ojiambo said the healthy kids programme is already in eight counties to enable them understand the need to live a better lifestyle.
Ojiambo noted that it was critical to start with them when young adding that they have partnered with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the implementation of the school gardens initiative.
He said they have trained over 700 teachers across eight counties and have started more than 1,000 school nutrition gardens in those regions.
He added that it was important that the 4K clubs were revived as they were aligned to the new Competency Based Curriculum.
By Mwangi Gaitha

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