Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in an effort to ensure no pupil is left behind in the Digital Learning Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Embu County Government, Kenya Private School Association (KEPSA), Embu Branch, and Family Bank to supply laptops to private schools within Embu County.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Embu County Governor, Martin Nyaga Wambora lauded the partnership and said it will improve the quality of education and infrastructure in the County.
The Governor commended JKUAT for her invaluable work in engineering, agriculture and technology, and assured the people present that this was the beginning of great partnership in various areas.
“JKUAT is a powerhouse in engineering technology and agricultural mechanisation and I look forward in partnering with the University in these areas in order to especially address the issue of rotting mangoes in our farms,” said Wambora.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga appreciated the commitment of the County and KEPSA, Embu Branch, in the collaboration and said JKUAT was committed to provide the knowledge, skills and technology which will in turn give all the pupils an equal playing platform in the Digital Learning Programme.
Prof Imbuga said the partnership will enhance academia-government-industry linkages and hoped that other counties will replicate the same for private schools all over the country to ensure that all pupils have access to the Digital Learning Programme rolled out by the government.
The Chair of KEPSA, Embu Branch, Mr. Francis Mbuthia appreciated the parties involved in the collaboration and acknowledged that the partnership will be key in improving the education sector in the county.
“I’m grateful for the partnership and my association will communicate, sensitise and mobilise the 160 primary schools in the county on the importance of this partnership,” said Mr. Mbuthia.
The ceremony was also addressed by the Managing Director, Family Bank, David Thuku and attended by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Esther Kahangi, Director, Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, Dr. Suleiman Oketch, Academic Registrar, Dr. Esther Muoria and the University’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo.
The one year collaboration will see Embu County Government through its Department of Education facilitate the interaction between JKUAT and KEPSA, Embu Branch, while Family Bank will establish a working arrangement on how repayment installments for the financed devices will be recovered.