The county government of Uasin Gishu and the Finnish government have partnered to sent 51 students to study various courses in the European country.
On Monday, Governor Jackson Mandago saw off 51 students who will study degree and diploma courses in Tampere University, Finland.
“This is a pioneer group in a deal that we negotiated with the Finnish government. The students will get quality education and opportunity to competitively work in Finland and the entire Europe,” Governor Mandago said.
The group comprises 25 youth who will study degree in Nursing and 26 for diploma at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Uasin Gishu county announced in May that they had entered into a MoU with a university in Finland to train self-sponsored youths from the county.
The county has also signed a deal with the Embassy of Finland to support in the acquisition of visas and bank statements for the current group headed to the country for studies.
“We entered into an agreement with the Embassy of Finland and are willing to support the acquisition of Visa and bank statements not forgetting that this is a self-sponsored programme and parents are expected to pay the fees,” county Education executive Joseph Kurgat said
He noted that it has been a challenge for many who want to travel for studies in overseas universities to acquire visas and bank statement, and the MoU would make it easy for self-sponsored students from the county to get the documents.
This is another partnership between Kenya and Finland in the sphere of education.
In November 2019, Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba said Finland would offer scholarships to Kenyan youths under the UN Peace and Security Agenda.
This emerged after he held bilateral talks with Finland Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on sidelines of the 18th Africa-Nordic Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The initiative is one of the ways in which the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs supports education and training opportunities for young professionals, empowering new generations to be a force for change.