NAIROBI, Kenya, February 23 – World number one Serena Williams on Tuesday officially opened Wee Secondary in Makueni district to the delight of students and locals.
The tennis icon who is visiting the country for the second time also unveiled a computer laboratory facilitated by electronics company Hewlett Packard through the Build African Schools programme.
“This is a really special moment to build this school that’s going to help so many kids and build so many futures,” said Serena who is also a global ambassador for HP.
“Without education, life is going to be very difficult. My parents always stressed the importance of getting an education and I hope I’m bringing to fruition their word by opening this school to the community of Wee,” added the 29-year old.
Build African Schools founder Patrick O’Sullivan echoed Serena’s sentiments and added and thanked Serena for the goodwill she accorded the Makueni Community.
“That building (laboratory) is the most dangerous in the whole of Kenya because great minds, scientists, politicians and engineers will come from there thanks to education,” said O’Sullivan.
Asked whether her priorities this season are just on the grand slams, Serena was categorical that she would give her all whenever and wherever she plays.
“My priority is never to lose. It doesn’t always happen but that’s what I strive for,” said Serena who won the Australian Open for the fifth time last month.
On Wednesday morning, Serena will visit Strathmore University where she is scheduled to give a public lecture and in the afternoon will head to Sadili Oval to oversee a coaching clinic.