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Germany gives 600 scholarships to Wings to Fly students

By Standard Reporter | January 19th 2015

Germany will help the Wings to Fly scholarship beneficiaries learn the language on voluntary basis as well as put them under exchange programmes to study in the European country.  Ambassador to Kenya Andreas Peschke, who participated in the commissioning of 2,000 "Wings to Fly" scholarships at Kasarani Stadium, last Friday said this year, more than 600 scholarships have been sponsored through German Development Cooperation.

The "Wings to Fly" programme initiated by the Equity Group Foundation offers scholarships to pupils joining secondary schools based on performance and social criteria. More than 95 per cent of the pupils sponsored through Wings to Fly have achieved positive results in the programme. Between 2014 and 2016, the German Development Bank (KfW) has provided more than 4.2 million Euros (about Sh456 million) to offer Kenyan pupils the opportunity to access higher education.

Ambassador Peschke said in a statement that education is an important step for their personal advancement, families and the development as Kenya. He noted that providing universal primary education will reduce the wealth gap, since improving education is the basis of any growing economy and society.

During the "Wings to Fly"programme, pupils will be offered the opportunity to learn German on a voluntary basis. Ambassador Peschke pointed out that "Wings to Fly" will further strengthen the partnership between Kenya and Germany. He also expressed hope that more Kenyans will participate in exchange programmes to study in Germany where university education is free.

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