L-R: Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary Mr.Sammy Itemere, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr.Francis Wangusi and Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka unveil a plaque during the handover of 50 computers donated by the CA to St.Mary’s Kibabii Boys High School today. Besides the computers, the support also includes 3 printers, 2 projectors, 2 projector screens and 2 laptops as well as provision of Internet connectivity  for one year.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today donated computers and other assorted ICT equipment worth Ksh. 6.4 million to St. Mary’s Kibabii Boys High School in Bungoma.

The donation which is part of CA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme bolsters the Authority’s wider mandate of enhancing access to ICTs in various parts of the country. 

 It comprises 50 desktop computers, 3 printers, 2 projectors, 2 projector screens and 2 laptops as well as Internet connectivity provision for one year.

Speaking during the hand over ceremony, CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi said ICTs have now occupied the centre stage of human progress and as such, ICT skills must be conferred to young people at their formative stages in life.

‘‘To prepare the next generation of innovators, we must expose our youth to ICT skills at a very young age. It goes without saying that individuals with basic ICT skills are likely to have better opportunities in the cut-throat competitive job market,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.

He added that support will not only enable the school offer computer studies as a subject, but also equip students with skills necessary to navigate the competitive job market with is heavily ICT driven. 

The Principal Secretary, State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Mr. Sammy Itemere said the Government has placed high premium on ICTs as catalysts for socio-economicdevelopment hence efforts such as the Authority’s are contributing greatly to the realization of Vision 2030.

‘‘It is expected that access to ICTs will contribute to the country’s economic growth by reducing transaction costs, increasing business efficiency, improving educational standards and ensuring accountability on the part of government officials,’’ said Mr.Itemere.

The chief Guest, Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka lauded the Authority’s contribution towards access to ICTs in the region, adding that the county government is also relying on ICTs to ease service delivery to the area residents.

The Governor , also an alumni of the school, challenged the boys to take advantage of the Facility to develop their skill and emerge as reliable ICT knowledge workers in Kenya.

He emphasized the current gravitation towards strengthening ICTs as pillars of the other sectors and called on the Kibabii community to prepare adequately to take part in the digital economy. 

The school with a population of 1500 students will immensely benefit from the upgraded computer lab, which the principal Mr. Mathew Namunwa said will considerably transform the school’s ICT agenda.