Winners get a treat from Equity Bank
By Rawlings Otieno
Equity Bank treated this year’s winners of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals to a spectacular event in Nairobi.
Speaking during the winners’ concert award, Equity Group Foundation director Michael Wachira said they were greatly encouraged by the quality and variety in the interpretation of the Wings to Fly theme during the just concluded national festival.
"We are confident that the impact that has been created by the dramatisation of this theme in the schools drama festival at all levels will assist in raising more awareness on the plight of marginalised children.
Prof Wachira reiterated that the performances with the theme would win the hearts of more corporate organisations and Kenyans to support the Kenyan child. He added: "The creativity from the directors and choreographers was extremely impressive. we at Equity Bank believe the best way to empower the next generation is to support them in accessing adequate education," said Wachira.
He reaffirmed the bank’s commitment as a responsible corporate citizen, to continuing in the spirit of giving back to people through corporate social responsibility programmes, which have the capacity to transform the lives and livelihoods of our people. This, he said, they would do in appreciation of the fact that it is the goodwill of Kenyans that has made Equity Bank a leader not only in Kenya but also in the region.
He thanked the Education Minister, Kenya National Drama Festival Chairman Kahura Chokera and the organising committee for the warmth and the cordial relationship as partners in the festival.
The entries to the concert among the winning schools were St Anne’s Primary Mumias, with a dance, ‘Mulembe’, followed by Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, with a play ‘Quagmire Royale’ just before an electric performance from Agoro Sare Secondary with a choral verse ‘Bum Bum’.
Other teams that performed at the winner’s concert were St Ursula with a narrative The synopsis, Nakuru Lions Primary with an entertaining play, Facts, Fr Mair Secondary from Rift Valley with a solo verse Utandu and Alliance Girl’s with a play Hell’s kitchen. The guests were treated with a thrilling choral verse from Golden Elite Academy Just like the butterflies, a verse sponsored by the Wings to Fly Foundation.
The winners will entertain President Kibaki, Government officials and other dignitaries at State House.
Equity Bank has been sponsoring top boys and girls in every district, where they operate for their university education.
In partnership with Master Card Foundation, the bank sponsors secondary school education of financially constrained yet academically gifted top boy and girl from every district they operate in.
In addition, the bank has initiated a mentorship programme to link the students with the leading business giants and the Government locally and globally.
Ministry of Education quality assurance and standards director Enos Oyaya attended the fete.
Alliance Girls crowned 2011 drama queensAlliance Girls High School, from Central Province are the winners of this year’s Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals with their play, Hell’s Kitchen.
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