Safaricom is set to construct a school with plans to accomodate 800 students with unique education to gifted but economically disadvantaged children from all counties of Kenya by 2019. The School dubbed the M-pesa Academy is a state of the art, mixed boarding high school constructed under the M-Pesa Foundation. Construction of the school will cost 3 Billion shillings and is targeted for completion in 2016 with the initial intake in January 2016. The school will be located in Mang’u, Thika.
The School plans to employ the latest technology to aid learning besides equipping students with technological skills to meet the future demands of business in Africa. It will also boast of First class sports, arts and cultural facilities, in addition to academic facilities, will include an indoor sports hall, a sports field, running track, swimming pools, squash courts, a music centre and a 500 seat auditorium.
M-PESA Foundation Academy will innovatively deliver the KCSE curriculum. To this effect, the Fondation will be hosting a cross-sector Educational Symposium in May on the state of Kenya’s education sector . The forum will bring together key stakeholders in government, education and the corporate sector to discuss how Kenya can reap the benefits of leadership and technology in Kenya’s education system.
Beyond preparing students to excel in KCSE examinations, the M-PESA Foundation Academy will redesign subjects taught so that they are delivered in diverse and excitable ways.The Academy will be the home for transformative education in Kenya,” said Michael Joseph, Chairman, M-PESA Foundation.