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Safaricom sets aside Sh75 million for computer labs in counties

By TITUS OTEBA | Feb 9th 2015 | 2 min read
By TITUS OTEBA | February 9th 2015

TESO, KENYA: Mobile service provider Safaricom has unveiled plans to construct computer laboratories for one school in each of the 47 counties.
The laboratories will cost about Sh 75 million shillings with a single laboratory costing Sh. 1.6 million.
In the agreement with the beneficiary schools, the company is expected to provide half of the funds while the school will raise the remaining balance.
"Safaricom will produce Sh800,000 while the beneficiary schools will raise the other Sh0.8 so that we come up with a computer lab that will help learners be educated on ICT," said the Safaricom Service Desk Engineer Ms.Prisca Namatsi.
Speaking in Amoni primary in Teso north constituency during the launch on Sunday, Ms Namatsi said that it was under the program dubbed 47IN1 where they are trying to take ICT to rural communities around the country.
She added that currently there were teams moving around trying to raise money for schools through selling of T-Shirts, calendars in order to raise funds for the schools.
"As a company we are raising half the cost to build the computer laboratories and thus we will only release the funds after the community has raised their share in order to start the construction and right now we are in the phase where we are raising funds," said Ms. Namatsi.
Teso North CDF chair, Sammy Ikwaras, said they were keen in helping the school and the community achieve the target.
He said since the CDF committee was keen on helping various education projects they would contribute the remainder of the money after the funds drive.
"We want to see this project succeed and thus we will see what the community will manage to raise during the harambee and the balance would be offset by the CDF committee," said Mr. Ikwaras.

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