St. Augustine Chepkopegh Secondary School
This is a boarding school which currently hosts 120 boys and has a total of three classrooms. In 2015, this school had a total of 40 students only which was attributed to increased drop out cases and poor enrolment due to lack of proper facilities and infrastructure such as a laboratory. The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) tests all students in at least one Science subject among other subjects. However, this school lacked a science laboratory where students could have their practical lessons.
Previously, this school used to send students a Kilometer away to the County’s Ministry of Education office where the school stored the science equipment in a small store for science lessons. Unfortunately, the store lacked sufficient water and gas which are the important components in science lessons.
The fourth Sustainable Development Goal aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. Vision 2030 also underlines the power of science as a driver for human rights and dignity, poverty eradication and the protection of the planet.It was for this reason that the Safaricom Foundation invested Kshs 6.2 million towards the construction and equipping of a Science Laboratory here at St. Augustine.
The school now has sufficient water and gas, consumables and the needed equipment as well as access to electricity. The 2017 candidates will be the first to have practical science lessons in their laboratory.The Safaricom Foundation remains committed towards improving the learning environments as well as increase access to education for students in this country.