Kenya Dairy Board is a state corporation established through an Act of Parliament, the Dairy Industry Act Cap 336 of the laws of Kenya. The mandate of the Board is to regulate, promote and develop the Kenyan Dairy Industry.
Under its promotional role, the Board has been promoting the re-introduction of a sustainable school milk program as a way of promoting performance in education and livestock sectors.
Dairy industry in Kenya
Kenya has a vibrant dairy industry that plays an important socio-economic role in the lives of many Kenyans ranging from farmers to, processors, transporters, milk hawkers and consumers. The population of the dairy herd is currently estimated at 3.5 million (MoALF, 2013) while the annual milk production is approximately 5 billion litres.
Overview of Primary School Education in Kenya
The main objective of primary school education is to cater for the total development of a child, including the physical, spiritual, social, and mental growth, brought about through formal and informal interaction with the parents and the community taking a leading role.
Free primary education (FPE) was introduced in 2003 as part of a strategy to achieve MDGs on Education. This resulted in a significant increase in enrollment from 5.9 to 7.2 million pupils. It is estimated that Kenya’s primary school enrolment rate is 86% for both boys and girls.
Under the devolved system of governance, early childhood education (ECD) has been fully devolved and is currently run and managed by the County Departments of Education in all the 47 Counties. Kenya has over 2.5 million children who are of school going age but only 1.7 are enrolled in ECD Centers run by either the County Governments or the private institutions.