The M-PESA Foundation has announced today that it is constructing a state of the art, mixed boarding high school. The academy will provide a first class, unique education to gifted but economically disadvantaged children from all counties of Kenya.
The M-Pesa Foundation Academy will use advanced technology to deliver a world class education to the students. The academy is inspired by entrepreneurial leadership and aims to create well rounded students who have technological skills to meet the future demands of business in Africa. The academy will use the latest technology to allow the students to study better.
The M-Pesa Foundation Academy boosts first class sports facilities including an indoor sports hall, a sports field, running track, swimming pools, squash courts, a music centre and a 500 seat auditorium. There are also arts and cultural facilities.
The M-Pesa Foundation Academy is situated along Mang’u-Thika Road. It will be open in January 2016 and will initially take only 90 students but the capacity will be 800 students by 2019.
Michael Joseph, M-PESA Foundation chairman said that the M-Pesa Foundation was committed to sustainable, scalable projects that would have maximum impact on Kenyans in the areas of education, health and environment. “The Academy will be the home for transformative education in Kenya.”
The M-Pesa Foundation will be hosting a cross-sector educational symposium in May as part of its commitment to ensure that the academy is well grounded in class education. The forum is also a conversation starter on the education sector and what needs to happen going forward. Key stakeholders like the government, education and the corporate sector will join together to discuss how Kenya can reap the benefits of leadership and technology.
The M-PESA Foundation Academy will empower, train, and provide an environment in which educators can rethink the way that KCSE subjects are delivered to ensure that student needs are at the core of the learning, and keeping teachers continuously trained and engaged as key facilitators in the education process.
Onesmus Mbogo, Country Manager, IDC East Africa said that Kenya must adopt an innovative approach to education if it is to develop transformational leadership to drive our future economic growth.
The goal of the M-Pesa Foundation Academy is not only to prepare students to excel in KCSE but also to redesign how subjects are taught so as to make learning interesting for the students. The idea is to give students skills and knowledge that are transferable outside of the classroom. This skill set will can help the students when they go to University or start their own businesses.