KANGEMA, Kenya Jul 17 – 160 Students of Gitweku Mixed Secondary School in Kangema, Muranga County are the new beneficiaries of two fully furnished classrooms from Safaricom Foundation.
The school previously had only three classrooms which had been donated by the Gitweku Primary School.
The school that saw its first group of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) in 2014 was established in 2011 and its students have been learning under dilapidated buildings.
Safaricom’s Board of Directors Chairman Nicholas Nganga lauded the students’ efforts at learning despite their poor environment.
He further acknowledged the eleven teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that the students get to learn despite the poor infrastructure.
“Education is the backbone of this society without which, we would not develop in any way. For Safaricom Foundation, this is one of the pillars supported as we are interested in seeing the prosperity of the nation by touching one community at a time. It is for this reason that we are here today to hand over these fully furnished classrooms in this school,” Nganga stated, adding “With the Government’s initiative to provide free education to all children, we at Safaricom Foundation hope to complement these efforts by providing a conducive learning environment.”
Safaricom Foundation has for over the last 13 years dedicated millions of resources to empowering schools in marginalized areas and driving change through renovation of the most run-down amenities.
Safaricom Foundation Chairman, Joseph Ogutu said the move is aimed at fulfilling Vision 2030 which “identifies education and training as one of the seven key social sectors for development to enhance individual well-being. It is the duty of the private, public and NGO sectors as well as parents, School boards and management to steer this vision into its realisation.”
The school Principal Alexander Mwangi lauded Safaricom Foundation for their generous support pointing out that it has come at an opportune time.
He noted that during inception the students were only 127 but the number has now risen to 160.
The school, he said, had 24 candidates during the KCSE examinations in 2014 and 2015 but the figure has almost doubled this year with 46 candidates waiting to sit their exams.
“The classrooms will ease the congestion. One of the new classes will go to form two students while the other one will go to the form fours, which are the two classes with majority of students. Each form will have a classroom and the teachers can also have a staffroom from the remaining classroom,” Mwangi said.
The school, he said, is maintained and financed by the locals, many of whom are from poor backgrounds.