The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) was established in the wake of Kenya’s determination to take control of the country’s educational publishing system, with a view to preventing huge capital flight. The main objective for its establishment was to channel the revenue from publishing of Kenya Government-prepared courses, much of which had hitherto been taken out of the country by foreign publishers, into a Foundation that would operate a merit-award scholarship programme.
The Scholarship Programme is aimed at assisting bright and poor students attain a high school education. Since its inception in 1968, the Programme has benefited over 20,000 Kenyans at a cost in excess of KShs. 170 Million. Priority is given to orphans and those from very poor backgrounds.
In its 50 years of existence, JKF has continued to produce essential high quality school textbooks at very competitive prices. The Foundation has also diversified into digitization of some of its titles into e-books. So far, we have digitized 103 titles in partnership with eKitabu. The revenue generated by the books is already promising and we intend to add more titles into the program.
The Government is very alive to the fact that for the Kenya Vision 2030 to be fully achieved, investing in the education sector is not negotiable. Every effort is thus made to ensure that the key parameters—quality and access—are accorded due prominence. The Foundation will, therefore, continue to play a critical role towards the attainment of these parameters.
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Yours truly, Fred Oyuga