American top musician and Global Citizen Advocate Selena Gomez has reached out to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyan Education Minister to keep their pledge on Education spending , Newszaleo.co.ke has learnt.
In a video the musician star shared she says that ” She just got from an incredible trip from Kenya where she had the opportunity to meet with remarkable young people and teachers who are fighting for the right to a free, quality and inclusive education.
However, countless students in Kenya are not receiving a quality education including the 59% of girls who are not even going to school.
As a result young people across the country and particularly the poorest and most marginalized are missing out on critical opportunities.
In response to your calls last year at the Global Citizen Festival in South Africa, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta committed to increase spending on Education from 17% to an impressive 30% of the National Budget.
But we haven’t seen progress or received an update on this commitment yet so we need to make sure it is in front of mind for the President and Minister of Education and that it is delivered upon.
Over 41,000 of you Global Citizens have taken action calling on President Kenyatta to deliver on his pledge and prioritize girls education.
It’s time you get a response. I am joining you to ask the Kenyan Minister of Education and President Kenyatta to share how they plan to live up to the 30% promise.”
Education changes lives. I recently traveled to Kenya with @wemovement and witnessed firsthand the importance of quality education. I’m supporting @GlblCtzn to call on Kenya to keep its promise to every Kenyan child.