More institutions benefit from Airtel’s free internet connectivity
Airtel connected a further five learning institutions and one Police Station to the internet for free this week, bringing the number of institutions Airtel has connected for free to over 150. The latest learning institutions, which include Kakamega High School, Kakamega Muslim school and St. Peters Mumias secondary school in Kakamega County, and Naivasha Girls high school and Lake Naivasha Girls Secondary school in Nakuru County, are now part of a growing list of beneficiaries to Airtel’s free internet connectivity initiative.
The free internet connection to these schools now means that over 4000 students from these schools join more than 120,000 students from different learning institutions across the country who continue to receive free 24 hours connectivity to the internet, allowing them to access unlimited amounts of information to broaden their learning.
The company has also connected Railway Police Station in Nairobi County with free internet, allowing officers from the station to have access to unlimited information related to security available online which will go a long way in helping them enhance security in Nairobi. Officers from the station also be able to interact with relevant online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter allowing them to receive and share information related to security with security agents and members of the public in the County.
In a statement, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said; “Airtel recognizes that communication is very crucial when it comes to security. Access to reliable communication will open up superior channels of communication, giving the police officers an opportunity to take security control to a whole new level.” Mr. El Youssefi further added that, “Information and communications technology (ICT) has become an integral part of every child’s education. The power of the internet is invaluable and connectivity has the potential to transform education, inspiring students to improve in their studies and become successful people in life. It’s an investment in our children’s collective future that we believe will yield excellent rewards.”
Officer Commanding Railways Police Nairobi Division Mr. Ndianga Adingo said, “We are grateful to Airtel for the free internet connection as it will go a long way in ensuring that security is enhanced through a fast and reliable means of communication. Our officers will now be proactive in keeping up with security content and updates that will enable us serve the community better.”
Speaking on behalf of the schools, Mr. Hesbon Omollo of Kakamega Muslim High School expressed his gratitude to Airtel saying that, “Internet has become a vital component in accessing information and learning materials for both teachers and students. The free internet connectivity will assist improving our schools’ performance, our teachers and Students will be able to get enlightened with what is happening around the world, as well as they will not feel left out since the world is in the digital error”.
Airtel has so far connected over 150 schools and 11 Police Stations which include; Kayole CID office, Nakuru County Communications office, Kayole, Matopeni, Embakasi, Machakos, Kitui, Kakamega, Nakuru Central, Nyeri, Meru and Kitengela Police stations.