NAIROBI, Kenya, may 21 – Bharti Airtel has donated 240 solar lamps to 24 primary schools in Machakos County.
The solar lamps will provide better learning conditions for over 7,200 pupils giving them freedom to extend their study hours.
Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi reiterated the company’s commitment to make a deep and positive life impact for school children through better access to education.
“Providing solar lamps to these pupils will help them study better for extra hours in the evening, enabling them to significantly improve in their own education, further the community’s economic development and contribute to environmental protection,” added El Youssefi.
On her part, Machakos County Minister for Education, Youth and Social Welfare Helen Kiilu expressed her appreciation to the company and advised the recipients to make appropriate use of the lamps to achieve maximum benefit.
James Mutisya, a teacher from Mithuluni Primary school, on behalf of the schools thanked Airtel for the donation, saying the lamps would allow pupils to learn better, contributing to the improvement of their performance and become successful people in life.
Last year, Airtel donated 40 solar lamps to Tala SA primary school and St Mary’s Tala primary school in Machakos County, improving the education standard of over 1,200 students from the two schools.
Airtel continues to invest in supporting government’s efforts of improving quality of education through the “Internet for Schools” project. Through this project, the company continues to offer students free 24 hours access to the Internet, allowing them access to unlimited amount of educational material and information available online hence broadening their learning.
The company has so far connected over 90 schools across the country impacting over 200,000 students to-date, with a plan to connect at least one million students to the Internet.