The M-PESA Foundation Academy is now taking applications for its inaugural class in January 2016. The academy will be an academic center for bright, talented but economically disadvantaged students. The M-Pesa Foundation Academy is situated along Mang’u-Thika Road and is a mixed boarding high school.
The M-Pesa Foundation Academy boasts 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 academy is taking applications from all 47 counties from students in their final year of primary school. The construction of the school is already underway with the foundation stone having been laid in May this year. Each county will have a slot for 2 successful candidates who will go to the academy at no cost.
The academy will have 94 students in its inaugural class which will start in January 2016. Some of the criteria evaluators will be looking at includes: strong academic performance, leadership potential, financial need, responsible citizenship traits, participation in extra-curricular activities, critical thinking and problem solving as well as an entrepreneurial spirit to identify successful candidates for the school.
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.
“We want to provide a world-class educational experience to gifted but economically disadvantaged children from all counties of Kenya. These students will have the opportunity to get inspirational learning that leans heavily on entrepreneurial leadership and draws on advanced technologies,” said Michael Joseph, M-PESA Foundation Chairman.
Applications are available at all County Education Offices, all Safaricom Retail Centres and at select schools country-wide. The forms are also available online at www.mpesafoundationacademy.ac.ke