2 years ago this month, the country witnessed the dramatic pictures of students of Lang’ata Road Primary School and activists protesting over the grabbing of their playground. The shock reverberated not just in Kenya, but around the world too. More importantly, it brought public attention to the issue of land grabbing and the fact that thousands of public schools are vulnerable to this vice. The president responded, issuing a directive for all schools to be given title deeds. The Shule Yangu initiative that brings together stakeholders from the government and the public and private sector to accelerate the protection of public school land in all the 47 counties was born. The target was to have more than 10,000 schools issued with titles and another 5000 fenced. New developments this past week may accelerate this process. An agreement has been signed to expedite the survey of public school land using private surveyors. With over 20,000 schools in need of protection, the team has a lot of work to do and hopefully this time next year, there will be more progress to report.
Published on Jan 22, 2017