By Grace Maina/ Release
Muirigo Primary School in Kiambu County and DEB Embu Urban Integrated Primary School in Embu County are the latest beneficiaries of infrastructural development funding through the Safaricom Foundation initiatives.
The two learning institutions benefited from projects worth Kshs.1.8 million from Safaricom Foundation to improve their learning environment and academic performance.
The funds were used to renovate and stock a library at Muirigo Primary and repair of all windows as well as purchase of 380 desks and lockers for class 7 and 8 pupils at DEB Embu Urban Integrated Primary School.
Safaricom Foundation Chief Operation Officer, Eunice Kibathi noted that, the increase in enrollment in public primary schools had led to limited resources with most students having to share the already overstretched facilities and books.
“The rapid increase in the numbers of pupils joining the free primary school education programme has led to serious constraints and challenges thereby compromising the quality of education, our efforts to partner with schools to help upgrade the learning facilities are geared towards ensuring that we play our role in supporting the education sector and improve the quality of education,” said Eunice.
She added, “It is my hope that this facilities will help boost the academic performance of all the students in this school and give them an upper hand as they compete with not only the neighboring schools, but also at the county and national levels.”
The two projects have been successful following a partnership of Safaricom Foundation and Pamoja Scheme, which is an initiative by Safaricom to encourage its staff to partake in community projects.
Lucy Karimi, head teacher Muirigo Primary school noted that funding will go along way in improving the academic performance of the students which has been deteriorating over the last few year
She said, “We are extremely excited for the support that we have received from Safaricom Foundation, this will be a huge relieve as most of the students could miss lessons especially during cold seasons due to lack of windows in most of the classes. We also hope that the performance will improve significantly this year and going forward.”
The Safaricom Foundation is committed to improving learning for young people and has been able to fund over 37 projects in all the 47 counties over the last decade towards transforming the lives of the students through improved learning conditions.