Twenty eight percent of people living in Nakuru County are illiterate with members of the pastoralists community been the most affected.
Areas around Olkaria and Suswa are the hardest hit with data from the department of adult education putting the illiteracy figures at 42 percent.
According to the county director of adult education Jimford Mokua, the high illiteracy levels were affecting the residents in making decisions towards various development projects.
Speaking during celebrations to mark World Literacy day in Lapland Naivasha, he said that they were working with partners to reduce the illiteracy levels so that the residents could make informed decisions.
“Nakuru has a population of around 2m as per the last census and 72 percent of people aged 15 years and above are literate and this is worrying,” he said.
Mokua noted that with the incoming of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) coming into force there was need to address the issue if illiteracy as parents would be fully involved in the new system.
“The illiteracy levels around Maasai land are around 42 percent and this can affect development projects both by the government and donors,” he said.
To this end, an NGO Forumsyd said that it has partnered with Nakuru and Narok counties to address the issue of adult education and empowerment of the youths in Suswa and Lapland.
According to the Hub manager East and Southern African Jackson Obare, they had already trained 15 trainers and were target 300 others to address the issue of adult education.
Obare said that they had a fund of USD7.8M from donors and the two county governments which would be used in the four year programme.
“Of the amount, the two counties have contributed USD1.4m and we are targeting communities living in Olkaria and who have been affected by the geothermal energy,” he said.
On his part, Naivasha Sub-county commissioner Mbogo Mathioya put on notice those people who were opposed to the project that they would face the full wrath of the State.
“The government is keen to address the issue of illiteracy in this area and anyone trying to block this project will have himself to blame,” he said.
The director of Social services in Nakuru County Josphat Kimemia said that plans were underway to employ two ECD teachers in every ward in this financial year.
“We have 26 vocational training institutes in the county and funds to equip them have been released so that we can empower our youths,” he said.