About the project
Since the introduction of free primary education, most public schools experienced an overwhelming increase in enrolment. Kola Primary was not an exception, from just 20 pupils in 2008, the school currently hosts a population of 370 pupils. The increasing enrollment strained the already limited resources, which called for an urgent expansion in order for pupils to get quality education.
The Safaricom Foundation through the Pamoja Scheme funded the construction of three classrooms at Kshs 1 million. Pamoja Scheme is an initiative that encourages Safaricom employees to take part in a community project of their choice. This project’s champion is Mr. Andrew Mayech of International Audit.
This new classroom will not only reduce congestion, the pupils will also no longer be exposed to dust, cold providing a better environment to study as well as offer more space for teacher-pupil interaction leading to improved academic performance. This will also encourage pupils from far off places to enroll reducing the cases of drop outs especially girls due to traditions like early marriages.
Education is one of the key strategic directions for Safaricom Foundation; the Foundation pledges to continue investing in the education of the Kenyan children. This project is in fulfilment of the fourth Sustainable Development Goal which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.