Learners in Turkana County have benefitted from the construction of classrooms, purchase of books, desks, and chairs funded by the Safaricom Foundation. The projects were valued at Ksh. 21 million.
Some of the schools that benefitted include Katiko Primary School, which got 5 new classrooms and Jeriman Lokitaung School which received 2 classrooms. Nariding Nursery School and Katongun Mission Station each had one classroom constructed and furnished.
Lolobo, Lokutumo and Loreamatet Primary Schools each had one classroom constructed and furnished under the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). This is a literacy and numeracy program being implemented by Safaricom Foundation and Zizi Afrique Foundation. Nakiria Primary School also had a library constructed under the ALP Program.
“Safaricom Foundation intervened in these schools to support pupils access a conducive environment for learning as most were learning under trees and makeshift structures. We are also looking to improve the literacy levels of children in this county through the Accelerated Learning Programme we are implementing with Zizi Afrique Foundation. We believe that education is one of the ways to transform lives,” said Joe Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
Learners in Katilu Mixed Primary School also received desks and chairs, while visually impaired students in Katilu Integrated Primary School benefitted from furnishing works. Kilokony Eboyor, a local community organization, was equipped with more than 500 books for learners they support.
Safaricom Foundation has been on the forefront to support education. Recent projects include the new and improved ICT enabled skills center at the Waithaka Vocational Training Centre in Nairobi and learning programs in Bungoma County.