educational programmes
Kenya’s state-owned power utility, Kenya Power, is extending efforts beyond the electricity network and into the education sector.

The utility has earmarked 60% of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) budget to promote education programmes across the country.

Managing director Dr. Ken Tarus said: “Kenya Power is committed to improve education standards across the country by investing in educational infrastructure especially for the disadvantaged communities to ensure improved performance.”

Tarus made this announcement on Friday while unveiling two education projects worth Sh8.94 million ($86,995) funded under the 2015/16 CSI budget.

The two projects are Mvwana Primary School in Mwala and Katulu Primary School in Tala.

Education programmes

The utility constructed two classrooms in Mvwana, re-roofed the existing school block, constructed classroom floors, installed windows, doors and water tanks, constructed kitchen and eating shade and carried out electrical wiring of all classes at a cost of Sh5.54 million ($58,000).

In Katulu Primary School, the parastatal constructed four classrooms at a cost of Sh3.4 million ($29,000).

[quote]The construction of additional classrooms has seen the school’s enrollment rise from 180 to 248 pupils, the utility highlighted.

In addition to CSI projects to support primary and secondary learning institutions, the Kenya Power will also take up sponsorship of needy female students taking up engineering courses in technical institutions and public universities.

Traditionally, Kenya Power has set aside 1% of its net profit to support its CSI initiatives every financial year.

Strengthening network

In other news, the utility launched a Sh13.2 billion ($123 million) project to lay underground cables in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

Already 20% complete, the underground cables are envisioned to provide alternative power supply to existing power substations. Read more…