The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Will Kenya Attain MDGs By 2015?


MUCH has changed since Kenya attained her independence 50 years ago. At independence, President Jomo Kenyatta urged Kenyans to join hands as they tackled poverty, illiteracy and disease.

Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the country has made great strides since attaining her independence. He said that Kenya has grown in leaps and bounds and was a regional hub as many multinationals have set up offices in Nairobi.

He said 50 years ago, health facilities were inaccessible to many who died of treatable diseases. The President also cited literacy levels saying that many Kenyans were now literate compared with 50 years ago.

But as Kenyans celebrated the 50th birthday, there are worries as to whether Kenya will attain the Millennium Development Goals (, which were set by the UN in September 2000. The eight goals set by the UN Millennium Summit are to be achieved by 2015.

Poverty remains high despite efforts to eradicate it. The country had made great strides in combating extreme hunger but more needs to be done.

On a positive note, enrolment in public and private schools increased by 2.3 per cent from 8.6 million in 2008 to 8.8 million in 2009.

This growth is attributed to the introduction of the Free Primary Education in 2003 which enabled children to begin schooling at the right school going age.

We should remember to celebrate and strive to attain higher heights.

Quote of the day: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." - English writer LP Hartley died on December 13, 1972

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