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From Right, Joy Nyaga, Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Airtel Kenya, Dr. Tom Musili, Founding Director Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and Mr. Macharia Principal, Aquinas High School with some students during a demo session to show how the Airtel routers work
BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,5TH APRIL 2017-In its continued show of commitment to enhancing the lives of its customers through technological solutions, Airtel Kenya, a leading telecommunications services provider has launched it’s Free Internet for Schools Program in partnership with the Computers for School Kenya (CFSK) at the Aquinas Boys High School in Nairobi.
The partnership will see 30 Schools in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Garissa, Kisumu and Uasin Gishu counties receive Free internet connectivity from Airtel. The host school will also receive donation of computers from CFSK.
Officially launched in 2014, the Airtel Free Internet for Schools, which is a flagship CSR program, seeks to provide internet access to students therefore allowing them to gather meaningful information that will aid in their learning. The program has so far impacted the lives of over 250,000 students in over 300 schools across 33 counties in Kenya. This launch follows a series of other high profile launches held last year in counties including Machakos and Kiambu. With an intended target of reaching 1 million students across the country, the 30 schools in the different counties add to the list of students and youth that have been positively influenced by the program.
Speaking during the event Wednesday , the chief guest Anne Lokidor, who is the Nairobi County Executive for Education, ICT, Youth and Social Services expressed her delight with the continued efforts shown by Airtel Kenya to ensure that learning institutions in Nairobi get access to the internet thereby enforcing the uptake of digital learning that is championed by the government. “I applaud Airtel and CFSK for taking the initiative to empower our students with knowledge and educational material by donating computers as well as giving free access to the internet. This move is definitely a step in the right direction in ensuring that our students perform better as they will have access to numerous forms of information and opportunities.” she said.
Airtel Kenya CEO, Prasanta Das Sarma appreciated the unrelenting support of the County Government towards this initiative. He noted that; “In the education sector, internet use and adaptation to the rapidly emerging technological advancements cannot be overlooked. Therefore as a company, we deem it fit to ensure that students all over the country gain access to the Internet and thus be able to glean from the numerous benefits and learning tools that come with it.”
Prasanta further added that the company strives to work with like-minded stakeholders that share the vision of impacting communities by advancing technological solutions. Therefore he was pleased to be in partnership with Computers for Schools Kenya as they will play a key role in ensuring that this vision is actualized.
During the launch event, Computers for Schools Kenya donated 5 computers to Aquinas High School whilst Airtel donated routers to the various schools represented at the event.
Airtel also continues to work with British Council, Computer for Schools Kenya and The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) to provide free internet connection to over 60 hubs located in schools around the country. The high speed broadband access for the hubs guarantees teachers and students limitless new educational opportunities. The hubs are dedicated spaces within secondary schools where students are incubated and nurtured to be creative, innovative and able to launch sustainable business ventures and social enterprises.