By BONIFACE MULU
ECDE TEACHERS GRADUATION
On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – A total of 46 Kitui Early Childhood Education Training Centre students have graduated during the college’s 12th graduation ceremony.
The ceremony was held recently at the Emco Academy in Kitui Central District, Kitui County where the Director of the Mutonguni Africa Inland Church Region Academy in Kitui West District, Jeremiah Mwove Mutunga was the chief guest at the event.
The graduands-44 females and two males- were both diploma and certificate ones. And Mbunzi praised them for their success.
He wished them well in their profession as he reminded them not to tire in doing good for “you will be rewarded.” He also thanked all the event’s attendants among them the parents, guardians and friends.
Mbunzi thanked the Kitui County government for employing thousands of early childhood development education teachers in the county. “The county government is paying stipend to those teachers since 2013. “This improved the early childhood development education through relieving the parents the burden of paying the ecde teachers and improving the very teachers welfare,” he said.
Mbunzi disclosed that the Kitui Early Childhood Education Training Centre was started in 2006. He also disclosed that the Kitui, Nairobi, Machakos, Garissa, Kajiado, Makueni, NyerI and Meru Counties are their (the centre) catchment area. Mbunzi is the former Kenya Early Childhood Education Private Training Institutions Association (KECEPTIA) National Treasurer .
He said that the KECEPTIA is the big body which takes all the private early childhood education colleges in the country. The director disclosed that currently there are 12 private early childhood development education colleges and one public one (the Kitui Teachers Training College) in Kitui County.
The early childhood education was launched in the world in 1837 by the kindergarten founder, Freidrich Froebel. And in Kenya, the programme commenced in 1940s. In his speech, the chief guest Jeremiah Mwove Mutunga congratulated the graduands for their hard work and success.