Kenya: Chinese firm lights pupils’ education in Kenya

Edith Mutethya
Displayed with permission from China Daily

China Telecommunications Corporation’s (China Telecom) Kenya subsidiary put a smile on the faces of pupils from a remote Kenyan school today, through a donation of text books and sanitary towels valued at Ksh200,000 ($2,000).

China Telecommunications Corporation’s (China Telecom) Kenya subsidiary put a smile on the faces of pupils from a remote Kenyan school today, through a donation of text books and sanitary towels valued at Ksh200,000 ($2,000).

Olgumi Adventist primary school head boy and head girl receiving the donation from China Telecoms (Kenya) Limited Director, Lambert Guo. [Photo by Liu Hongjie/chinadaily.com.cn]

The donation opened a new chapter in the lives of Olgumi Adventist primary school students, situated in Kajiado North, in the southern part of Kenya.

According to the school’s head teacher Jeremiah Machaka, the donation will go a long way in enabling pupils to complete their syllabus on time, as well as do homework effectively.

« Previously, five pupils shared one textbook hence it was difficult for teachers to give them assignments to work at home. We are therefore grateful to China Telecoms (Kenya) Limited (CTK) because almost every pupil will now access a textbook and if they have to share, it will be one textbook to two pupils. We also expect improved performance, » he said.

CTK director Lambert Guo said they chose the school, located almost 70 kilometers from Nairobi, to motivate the children to learn. The children hail from a Maasai tribe, the most authentic ethnic tribe in the country, which leads a semi-nomad life.

As part of their culture, girls are seen as a source of wealth and are married off young, as opposed to being sent to school, because early marriage brings quick returns. Boys, on the other hand, stay out of school to herd cattle. Guo says the desire to discourage such a practice is one of the reasons they target the school.

He says by having a variety of books to read including story books and books about Chinese culture, the minds of pupils will be opened up to yearn to study hard and get opportunities to visit foreign countries like China. This way, they will not think of early marriages.

A group photo of Olgumi Adventist primary school parents and pupils and the China Telecoms (Kenya) Limited staff.  [Photo by Liu Hongjie/chinadaily.com.cn]

« Children are the future of this country, so if we brighten their future through education, the country’s economy will benefit immensely, » he said.

The school, which is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was established in 1997 and has a population of 200.

The head teacher notes that some people walk as long as six kilometres to school, and therefore, by the time they arrive, they are usually exhausted and unable to concentrate in class. The situation is worsened during the famine, where a child may have left the home without having any meal.

On that backdrop, Machaka says plans are underway to have accommodation facilities especially for the pupils who come from far away.The construction of the girl’s dormitory has already started but was halted due to a lack of funds.

« We hope to get donations to complete the project, after which, we will construct the boy’s dormitory. Each dormitory will have a capacity of 50 pupils, » he said.

Founded in 2015, to provide integrated information services,CTK leverages on the existing network in Africa and is committed to establishing an information link that connects East Africa with Europe and Asia Pacific area, especially China.

« We provide a comprehensive range of quality solutions and services that enable Chinese businesses to expand into the Africa market. At the same time, we empower African businesses to execute their Asia strategies through our superb connections in China and neighbouring countries, » says Guo.

CT global was established in the year 2000, with capital amounting to RMB 220.4 billion (US$ 32.5 billion). Its current assets exceed RMB600 billion(US$88.5 billion), with an annual revenue level of more than RMB 380 billion(US$56 billion). It is ranked 182nd in the 2013 Fortune 500 companies.

Olgumi Adventist primary school head teacher Jeremiah Machaka receiving a donation of books from China Telecoms (Kenya) Limited Director, Lambert Guo. Village elders cheering on.  [Photo by Liu Hongjie/chinadaily.com.cn]

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