Local non-bank finance solutions provider, Sanlam Kenya, has committed to improving the infrastructure facilities in three schools located in Kitui and Nyeri counties, improving the learning environment for over 700 students.
Kalatine Primary School and Kakululo Secondary School in Mwingi, Kitui County and Birisha Primary School in Mweiga, Nyeri County will receive infrastructure support to the tune of Ksh21.1 million.
The support has been extended under the Sanlam Kenya Schools Project, in partnership with World Vision Kenya which will be the implementing partner for the project.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership Sanlam Kenya Group CEO Dr Nyamemba Tumbo affirmed Sanlam’s commitment to improving access to quality education for Kenyan students. This project is dubbed “Sanlam Kenya Schools Project” a Sanlam Groupwide initiative through which the group promotes quality education in Africa.
This has been made possible by the support of the Sanlam Foundation Trust in South Africa, which has over the last 10 years, invested more than US$40million in the education sector, financial literacy initiatives, health (HIV/AIDS), enterprise and supplier development initiatives and employee volunteerism.
“Through the Sanlam Kenya Schools Project, we will work in partnership with the Ministry of Education and learning institutions to play our role in facilitating a conducive learning environment for schools in need, leading to the better academic performance of the learners,” He added.
“Sanlam is cognizant of the fact that access to quality education in Kenya has not been a privilege for many children especially in rural Kenya. A number of students in rural areas have had to persevere with studying in dilapidated buildings or areas with barely a building. Yet, Goal 4 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, calls for providing access to quality education to children across the world.”
Under the project, Kalatine primary school will receive a new classroom and renovation of existing ones, Kakululo Secondary School will receive a new girls’ dormitory, and Birisha Primary School will receive a new classroom.
The Sanlam Kenya Schools Project compliments the company’s existing support to the education sector, through its education policies that provide both short and long-term options for all household wallets.