As part of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s (JKUAT) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the University has donated books worth Kshs 5.4 Million to nine institutions from three different counties in the Coast region of Kenya.
The institutions, drawn from Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa counties are: Amani Primary, Ushindi Baptist Child Development Centre, Likoni, Miyani Secondary School, Gotani, Kajembe High School, Kadzondzo Girls Secondary School, Makomboani Secondary School, Women and Girls Empowerment Programme, St. George’s High School, Kaloleni Giriama, and Kizurini Secondary School. Each school was presented with books worth Kshs 600,000.
While presenting the books to the school heads and their students at a colourful ceremony held at JKUAT’s Mombasa CBD Campus, JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, said it was her University’s desire to ensure that there is equity in distribution of knowledge to all counties for the good of national development, a reason why her University was reaching out to complement training in areas that may be considered remote.
Prof. Imbuga said JKUAT was rolling out a programme to send out career guidance personnel to such schools in order to enlighten students on available courses offered at the university.
“It is our desire to bring all schools up to speed with the developments taking place in our university as interested stakeholders. We are aware that development can easily be achieved if everyone made a contribution towards our national goal,” she told the elated crowd.
Prof. Imbuga who was flanked by the JKUAT Mombasa Campus Director Dr. Frida Simba and the University’s Head, Corporate Communications Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo, pointed out that her University was trying to create capacity through the introduction of new and market driven courses such as Marine Engineering, Mining and Mineral Processing courses, among others.
The Vice Chancellor said, it was time the country started utilizing local expertise for the jobs that are awarded to expatriates since the local professional had come of age. Kenya, she pointed out, has the best and advanced ICT knowledge, creative and innovative population whose output has made tremendous impact globally. She advised the students to develop a reading culture, be responsible, remain focused and desist from any acts that could compromise their studies. She urged the students to ensure their performance in form four earned them government admission in public universities.
Addressing the same gathering, Mr. Edwin Okoth, an Assistant County Commissioner for Mwanamwing in Gotani location, hailed the gesture by JKUAT terming it a new trend in the academic sector. He said, the University had already become a household name in the region because what it offered at the University and its extension services had touched many hearts not only in the Coast region but also nationally.
While appreciating the donation made to his school, the Principal of Makomboani Secondary School, Mr. Moses Olenyo characterized JKUAT as an institution that was focused on supporting education in the country. He urged other Universities to emulate JKUAT’s gesture.
The Vice Chancellor also presented certificates to students who underwent the CISCO short courses training at the Campus.