Unilever Tea invests in Education to support communities in Kericho
Unilever Tea Kenya helps build classrooms a laboratory in three schools.
Unilever Tea Kenya builds classrooms and a laboratory in Schools
Unilever Tea Kenya longstanding engagement with the community was complemented by building of two classrooms in Kapcheptoror Secondary School, a laboratory at Chebitet Secondary School and a classroom at Cheibei Primary School.
As Schools in rural Kericho, they are virtually invisible but with the proper facilities in place the quality of education offered is enhanced and new opportunities for the students increased.
At Kapcheptoror girls Secondary School, the classrooms were extremely overcrowded, with about 70 students per classroom but with the new classrooms, the number has reduced to 45 students per class. This will go a long way in addressing the decongestion challenge and improving quality education offered in the School.
The Kapcheptoror classrooms were officially opened by Hon. Benjamin Langat, Ainamoi Member of Parliament (MP) on 6th February 2015. He praised the quality of work that went in to building the classrooms which he hailed as state-of- the-art. “Investing in education means we are improving the opportunities in life for children to be the future leaders.” He added.
At Chebitet Secondary School, they had no laboratory and a used classroom for science practical’s which required fetching water in buckets to carry to the class. This affected their performance in not only the science subjects but also in the overall ranking of the School as poor. The Laboratory was handed over on 27th February 2015 by Hon Charles Keter, Senator, Kericho County.
Speaking at the event, the student representative said that the laboratory was now the best in the region and promised to match their results with the facilities now provided to improve the quality of learning outcomes at the school.
At Cheibei Primary School, the classroom was a welcome need for the children who are mostly come from abject poverty but with intense passion for success. Their difficult circumstances never hindered their dreams and goals and they are determined to reach for them.
The official handover ceremony was held on 2nd March 2015 in the presence of Senator Bomet Wilfred Lesan, Konoin MP, Sammy Koech, students, teachers and members of Community. The classroom will accommodate 45 children.
Phillip Korir, Principal, said “We can’t thank you enough. Unilever is a good neighbour and with your help in building of the classroom you have been able to provide light in the children towards their dreams and renewed the energy of the teachers to give their best.”
Education is a critical element in improving the livelihoods of the people and Unilever will continue its support on developing the community through projects aligned to this.