Internet penetration in Kenya and in Africa as a whole is rising in leaps and bounds, and with immense benefits to those who use it positively. In a bid to play their part in giving teachers and students the opportunity to access unlimited amounts of information to broaden their learning, Bharti Airtel will from this week provide free date connectivity to Sigweng Karuoth Primary School in Siaya County. This in line with the company’s efforts to support Kenya’s education system.
More and more students are turning to the internet for learning resources and the project will enable students and teachers from the benefiting institution to receive free 24 hour access to the internet. This will give the beneficiaries full access to learning tools, and in turn aid their learning exercise through access to relevant sites.
Speaking at the school, Siaya County Acting Commissioner Carolyn Onchoka said, “We are delighted that Airtel has taken the initiative of taking Education to a higher level. Pupils of Ukwala will now to access information relevant to their studies like any other pupil cities like Nairobi and Kisumu”. She further urged the school administration to open up the library and internet access to the locals so that they too can benefit from the connectivity.
On his part, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said that with internet connectivity, Airtel is able to better equip students with information, more knowledge which will subsequently empower them to become successful and of economic relevance to the country.
“Internet provides multitude of possibilities to students, allowing them to receive the same knowledge and exposure as other primary kids in the world. This project will continue to reach more schools in all the Counties as we seek to enhance education through the integration of Airtel’s internet technology in schools”, added Mr. El Youssefi.
Airtel has also enabled the following schools to freely access learning materials online:
- Muthei Primary School – Machakos Couty
- Machakos Baptist School – Machakos County
- Thuguma Children and Youth Empowerment Center – Nyeri County
- Gitugi girls High School – Murang’a County.
Kayole Police Station in Nairobi County has also benefited from the internet program, easing communication between the police officers in the station, the local community and other security agents.