Mr. Paul Kamau Thairu HSC

CECM – Education Technology, Youth Affairs, Sports, Gender and Social Services.

DEPARTMENTAL OVERVIEW;

Lamu County is located in North-Eastern Coast of Kenya. It consists of a mainland and the Lamu Archipelago and covers a total land surface area of 6273.1 sq km, Lamu County borders Garissa to the North, the Indian Ocean to the South and South East, and Tana River to the South West and West.

The population of the county as projected in 2012 stands at 112,551 persons. The county has two parliamentary constituencies and ten county wards. The constituencies are Lamu East and Lamu West while the county wards are Shella, Mkomani, Hindi, Mkunumbi, Hongwe, Bahari, Witu, Faza, Basuba and Kiunga.

Education Department Responsibilities
The department comprises Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Village Polytechnics, Gender, Sports, Youth Affairs and Social Services.

In ECDE the county is in charge of infrastructure development, manpower needs(teachers) and teaching/learning materials.

In village polytechnics, the county is responsible of infrastructure and tools/ equipment for the institutions.

The instructors for these institutions as well as the curriculum offered is the preserve of the county.

In sports, it is the responsibility of the county to promote all kinds of sporting activities so as to address the needs of the youth in the county. Talent development and talent identification is also the responsibility of the county.

The county is charged with the responsibility of advocacy in the field of Gender, Youth Affairs and Social Services in order to empower the Youth and Women in this county socio- economically. The county will address gender discrepancy in various aspects in the county and make deliberate effort to bring parity. The county will provide forums or programmes that will enable women and the youth to participate in political, economic and social activities e.g. peace building, youth and women enterprise fund.

The department also provide information on bursaries and scholarships to those in need. It is also responsible for the promotion of education standards in the county.

Achievements;
•60 ECDs built in all 10 wards – The county government of Lamu has constructed over 60 new ECD classrooms in all the 10 wards enabling pupils to learn in conducive environment. •Issuance of scholarships to all pupils who score 300 marks and above in KCPE and bursaries to all applicants in the county.
•59 ECDs teachers have been deployed.
•Issued common syllabus and resource materials to all ECDs
•Sponsoring common exam for class 7 & 8 and forms 3 & 4
•Academic achievers: Bright students are introduced to mentors to enhance their performance.
•Sponsored primary and secondary teachers training as national examiners.
•Sponsored department on quality assurance.
•Signed memorandum with Aga Khan foundation, GIZ, NACONEK (National Council for Nomadic Kenya) under social economic empowerment program for youth to impact skills which will result to self reliance.
•Sponsored 139 youth into tertiary courses like plumbing, electrical, building and constructions thus empowering them to get jobs.