Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has re-embarked on promotion of education projects in various schools across Coast region through its corporate social responsibility programme, in a bid to support education in the region.
The authority has constructed a modern classroom block at Sosodemu Primary School in Kilifi County at a cost of Ksh.4M, bringing hope to the school pupils , teachers and even parents.
The pupils who used to have some of their classes under a tree, can now enjoy having their classes in the newly built four class rooms.
The project was handed over to the school management on Wednesday by KPA in a ceremony witnessed by pupils, parents, teachers, representatives from the County and National government and the community at large.
KPA Managing Director Gichiri Ndua in a speech read on his behalf by his General Manager, Human Resource and Administration, Salim Chingabwi, narrated how he heard about the school’s poor condition and what prompted the authority to fund the construction of the classroom.
“When we received the request to assist this school in 2010, our first site was heartbreaking. Pupils seated on stones, under trees which passed for classrooms! We thought we would move in and help the situation immediately; but because we were already committed in other projects, commencement of the construction of the four classrooms had to wait for another three years.” said Ndua.
The project also included desks for the classrooms and was welcomed by the headmaster Mr. Joseph Ziro who was elated that performance in his school will now improve.
“The pupils will now do better in their exams as they now have a good reading environment, imagine a child using his/her thigh as a desk; the handwriting of course is really affected, but i believe with this they will improve and at least the examiner will feel attracted to their handwriting,” Said a gleeful Mr. Ziro.
Mr. David Boen, the Assistant County Commissioner of the area who attended the event also urged the parents to take their kids to school as they now have no reason not to do so.
“I thank God for this new building before our kids used to suffer; whenever it rained they used to come back home and a day is wasted because of the outdoor classes” said Ms. Jacinta Kenga one of the parents.
Mr. Chingabwa who represented KPA also urged the school to take care of the facilities; so that they can be around long enough to serve many generations to come and remain as a symbol of friendship between the community and KPA.
Kenya Ports Authority started implementing its CSR programme over a decade ago and have been able to impact a number of lives through construction of over 30 schools in all counties of the coastal region.