Microsoft, Safaricom equip school ICT centre
DEVELOPMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Aug. 16, 2012, 10:07 a.m.
Ombogo Girls Secondary School in Rangwe, Kenya, is now set to integrate e-learning, with the donation of 40 computers by the Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Microsoft.
The computers, which will be used for learning and to strengthen the schools administration, were handed over by Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joe Ogutu, in an event attended by Microsoft’s General Manager for East and Southern Africa Louis Otieno, former area MP Eng. Philip Okundi and senior education officials from the area.
Ogutu said the donation of the computers, valued at Shs. 2,000,000, illustrated Safaricom Foundation’s continued commitment towards supporting education across all platforms, given its ability to spur development in communities.
The Chairman added: “Statistics from the Ministry of Education on this area show that 54 girls out of 100 complete secondary education and the situation is worse in primary school, where only one in 5 girls finish school. Their results are not anything to talk about either. Out of the 192 students who scored A during the 2010 KCSE in the province, only three were girls”.
In the internet age, Ogutu added, there is a lot of useful information that the students in this school can benefit from and the monthly fee that students pay will make it possible for the school to ensure that there are internet services.
Okundi said the donation would contribute towards reversing the negative trends in education recorded over the years.
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