Serena to visit Kenya

November 10, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, November 10 – Tennis superstar Serena Williams will be in the country later this week to open a school she has funded in collaboration with the Build African Schools Initiative and technology firm Hewlett Packard (HP).

The world number three who will be accompanied by her mother Oracene arrives in Kenya on Thursday afternoon will officially open the school christened Serena Williams Secondary School  which is located in Matooni, Makueni constituency near Sultan Hamud township in Eastern province on Friday.

The programme is part of HP’s commitment to support education in developing countries, install in each school a computer laboratory and classroom, laptop, printers, the World Wide Web and facilitate training for the teachers and students.

Patrick O’Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Build African Schools, said the objective of  the  NGO is to build primary and secondary schools in marginalized areas to give chance to students to access secondary school education in a bid to empower them.

“We are indeed honoured to have Ms Williams visit Kenya at this momentous time in American history when we have a new President elect who has roots in Kenya,” said Mr Dickson Mutaiti, Kenya  Director of Projects Build African Schools.

“During her visit, Ms Williams will officially open a secondary school put up in her name, to give chance to needy primary school students who want to pursue secondary school education,” he added.

The school will give chance to hundreds of primary school pupils in the location to pursue secondary school education. The area is semi arid, with schools far in and between

The area suffers from high school drop out rate and most students are orphans due to the high HIV /Aids prevalence rate in the area.

Build African Schools and HP have joined together since 2004 to help children in Africa have access to education

The partnership will result in new schools constructed by Build African Schools which will then be fully equipped by Hewlett Packard with their state of the art computers and printers. Solar Power and the internet will also be installed at each school

By building schools and equipping  them with electricity, computers and other teaching  aids, Build African Schools and Hewlett Packard offers children educational opportunities and choices that will ultimately empower them to determine their own future.

On Saturday, Serena will hold a coaching clinic at the Sadili Oval Sports Centre in Langata.


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