Over 20 schools, colleges and hospitals have benefitted from book donations by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The 1,404 textbooks worth KSh. 4.2 million and sourced from the Books for Africa, the Canadian not for profit organization are covering various disciplines at different levels.
Speaking during the donation ceremony at the University on Thursday February 2, 2017, the Chief Education Officer for Juja sub-county, Kanana Muriungi thanked JKUAT for the gesture that she said would benefit 10, 000 learners in the county.
Citing the assembly of laptops for the government’s digital literacy programme at JKUAT, she said the University remained a veritable source of information, technologies and knowledge.
Muriungi urged parents in the country to emulate JKUAT and donate any books that could be lying idle at home. This, she added, would help children in need across the schools in the country.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the donation was aimed at strengthening learning and teaching in the beneficiary institutions. She urged the recipients to effectively utilize the materials as part of inculcating the desirable culture of technological innovation among the youth.
Prof. Imbuga informed the ceremony that Kenya and the world at large was in need of more researchers and innovators who could address emerging challenges like climate change.
“The gesture also underscores part of our corporate social responsibility of seeking to build networks with neighborhood and stakeholders crucial in developing partnerships to foster progressive changes in the academic field,” she added, in a speech read by Prof. Esther Kahangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension.
The donation benefited Kilimambogo Teachers College; Murang’a Teachers Training College and Thogoto Teachers Training College.
Six hospitals including Thika Level 5; Gatundu, Sabatia and Kitale Level 5 also received the donations.
Among the high schools that benefitted from the initiative were: Mang’u High, Juja Secondary School and Chief Koinange Girls Secondary School.
In 2016, JKUAT made similar donations to nine secondary schools at the Coast region. The schools included: Ribe Girls, St. Georges, Miyani, Kadzondzo, Kizurini and Makomboani secondary schools.