By Dan Nyamanga.
Kenya’s giant telecommunications giant Safaricom has completed and handed projects worth Kshs 9.6 million spread across three selected schools in the region.
The beneficiaries of the Safaricom Foundation initiative are Tombe Girls school in Nyamira County where the firm upgraded and equipped two science laboratories at a cost of 4.8M shillings. This being institution to benefit from the grant in Nyamira County.
Two others are Riokindo Boys and Riokindo Girls schools in Kisii County whose science laboratories for each school were upgraded to the modern status.
Each project cost Safaricom Kshs. 2.4M each.
Safaricom Foundation’s trustee Mr. Stephen Chege, while handing over the projects to respective institutions on Friday 22nd January, said that the firm was committed to partner with local schools so as to improve the quality of education and access to new technology.
Mr. Chege also said that their firm also launched a program last year which will support vocational training worth Kshs. 132M to support students who have completed the secondary school education.
“You see, once these children complete high school, we are still not going to abandon them. We are going to focus on where they go.
So this is our commitment with Safaricom Foundation and we will partner with local schools to improve the quality and access to education and access to new technology”, said Chege.
Ms. Pamela Nyabuto, Principal of Riokindo Girls said the assistance came in handy and hopes that this will help improve more on the science subjects.
She said that the newly upgraded laboratories will not only motivate the students in science subjects uptake, subjects which girls tend to grow phobia in.
“This will go a long to motivating the students in the learning of science subjects and we hope that there will be an improvement in the academics.
Girls tend to fear the science subjects but with the renovation of the science
laboratory, it has motivated them and are doing well in the subjects.
From the results of 2019, the girls have improved and a number of those who qualified to join public universities were absorbed into science related courses. The building looks good and captivating”, said Ms. Pamela.
The projects commenced in 2019 and completed in 2020 but handing over delayed due to the insurgent of corona virus which saw all school close for 10 months form March 2020.
Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of the National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i and Safaricom Foundation trustee’s Stephen Chege handed over the projects.