Mpesa Foundation hands over Sh16 million worth classrooms

M-PESA Foundation Trustee Michael Joseph during the handover of classrooms at Kanyamfwa Primary school in Homa Bay County. [James Omoro, Standard] 

Pupils of Kanyamfwa Primary School in Homa Bay County have a reason to smile after Safaricom’s Mpesa Foundation handed over twelve classrooms worth Sh16 million for their studies.

Out of the 12 classrooms, 10 will cater for primary school level while two serving the Early Childhood Education.

The learning facilities also included an administration block, a kitchen and ablution block for pupils.

The Foundation’s trustee Michael Joseph who was accompanied by Homa Bay CECM for Education Martin Opere said the facilities will play a key role in offering the learners a conducive environment for their studies.

Speaking during the event on Thursday, Joseph said the foundation was committed to promoting education in the country.

"We decided to undertake this project to enable pupils to learn in a clean environment which will cushion the pupils from the risk of contracting diseases,” Joseph said.

While emphasizing the need for a special attention to boost the education sector, Joseph said the sector remains an essential because it contributes to the civilisation of communities and economic growth.

His sentiments were resonated by Mr Opere who said the project is in line with efforts of the county government's plans of constructing classrooms at ECDE centers in the county.

According to him, the past regime led by Cyprian Awiti had allocated funds to construct one classroom per ward.

“We thank the Safaricom and the foundation for this support. The County government also has plans of ensuring every ECDE center has good classrooms,” Opere said.

The school head teacher Stephen Obel said the project is a relief to the school community.

“We did not have enough toilets and teachers were not motivated to work, the school had no fence and could be accessed from any direction. This project is a big milestone in promoting our academic success,” he said.