Moi University in conjunction with Ampath have launched the construction of phase two of three classrooms and a modern ten door ablution block in St. Paul’s Kibisi primary school in Ndivisi ward Webuye East constituency which will cost Kshs. 5.8m.
Addressing the press at the school compound after witnessing the launching ceremony, Moi University vice chancellor Prof. Isaac Kosgei said the first phase was building of an administration block in the same school last year and some classes which is aimed at improving environment standards for the learners and hence uplifting academic standards by giving back to the community.
He added that for the last 20 years the university with its partners, Ampath have been able to traverse in the country and supported education and added that due to poor hygiene in Kibisi primary school, they decided to put up ten door modern ablution block in order to avert pupils from getting diseases like diarrhea and cholera due to poor health conditions that are currently prevailing in the school.
He said at the moment they are supporting different primary schools and soon they will do the same to secondary schools after consulting widely with the university leadership and other partners that will wish to come on board to assist in different school projects and curriculum that may help uplift education.
Prof. Kosgei sympathized with conditions some schools are in and called for serious support from well wishers and some institutions that are well off but also challenged alumni of various schools across the country who are well off financially to remember home and give back to the community especially as far as education is concerned affirming that education is the only equalizer where a peasant farmer’s son or daughter can compete with the children of leaders in high caliber in the same school and achieve better and added that infrastructure play an integral role in developing education standards of any given school.
He challenged those schools that have received their support to provide positive results to attract more funding from their side and any other institutions.
Apart from launching the project at Kibisi, the University also gave cheques to two women groups in Ndivisi ward aiming at improving the economic and social welfare of the people and encouraged residents to form more groups saying that there are funds to boost them and cannot be given to individuals but only to groups, however challenged the groups too to engage in viable projects and promised to find a way of offering training from time to time so the groups can equip themselves with knowledge and know-how in agribusiness .
On matters of Covid-19, Prof. Kosgei asked everyone to be careful and strictly follow guidelines put up by the ministry of health as the virus is real and it has killed many people regardless of age and their status in the community adding that as a university they have donated peps to many schools so that learners, teachers and non teaching staff can be safe when they resume learning next year.
The school head teacher Mr. Peter Matala appreciated the good gesture shown by Moi University and Ampath and said already through the last support, the school surpassed its target it had set and recorded best results since inception of the school and asked parents and teachers of Kibisi not to relent but cooperate and work more harder and provide results that matches the new face-lift of the school.
Residents led by former councilor Mr. Mukhanya Wanyonyi hailed Moi University for the support and appealed to other universities especially those within Western among them Masinde Muliro and Kibabii to also find away just like Moi and support school programmes so that education can be taken to another level.