President Uhuru Opens MPesa Foundation Academy in Thika

President Uhuru at MPesa Foundation Academy

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Finally, yesterday on 24th October President Uhuru opened MPesa Foundation Academy.

The president spent the earlier part of the morning to officially launch MPesa Foundation Academy.

At least 480 young Kenyan teenagers are set to benefit from the program.

MPesa Foundation Academy aims at educating less fortunate students from each country.

It’s estimated that the Academy is worth Ksh. 3 billion. Safari on through MPesa Foundation used at least 3billion shillings to set up a state of art, co-educational and residential high school.

The Academy is located along Thika Mangu Road six Kilometres from Nairobi CBD on the Thika Superhighway.

Here students undergo vigorous study skills programme involving Critical Thinking, Art and Design, Communication, and Mentorship. Once a student undergoes all this process he/she becomes an all rounded student.

Safaricom decided on May 2015 to set up a facility to educate the students and later changed to starting a high school.

On January 2016 the Mpesa Foundation opened its doors to first students. It first accepted 96 learners.

At the moment the academy has 480 students from across the 47 counties.

During the launch, the administration said that the parents of the students will not worry about school fees since the students had been granted Four Year Scholarships.

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya congratulated the current Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and former CEO Michael Joseph for the good work they have done. He said the academy will transform several students.

The students will be learning other things apart from the classroom education they will receive.

The Academy one of its kind in Sub-saharan Africa.

The students from the Academy will receive scholarships not only for high school but to any university of their choice after they complete high school.

“Four years ago the MPESA Foundation took on the challenge of transforming the delivery of secondary school education in Kenya. We understudied schools around the world, put together a proposal and a theory of change for the MPesa Foundation Academy,” says Sanda Ojiambo, the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom.

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