The Principal Secretary,State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Mr.Sammy Itemere (second left) cuts the ribbon to formally launch Ksh. 4.5 million computer equipment and Internet connectivity sponsorship by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to Bushiangala Secondary School in Kakamega county.He is accompanied by the Authority’s Ms.Rachel Alwala,Assistant Director,Communications and External; Affairs (right).

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today donated ICT equipment worth Ksh. 4.5 million to Bushiangala secondary school in Kakamega County.

The donation, comprising of 21 computers, 2 printers and Internet connectivity for a year, is part of CA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in furtherance of its mandate of enhancing access to communications services in various parts of the country.

Speaking at the hand over ceremony, the Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Mr. Sammy Itemere, who was the chief guest, lauded the Authority for the gesture, which would go along way to improve the academic standards at the school.

He challenged the school to leverage on the on the ICT equipment to improve its performance given that ICTs are now key enablers of learning and knowledge sharing and by extension drivers of the country’s socio-economic development.

The Authority’s Director General who was represented by Ms. Rachel Alwala, Assistant Director, Communications and External Affairs, said the support would greatly boost the learning experience at the school and nurture future innovators in the ICT space.

‘‘It (the ICT equipment) will therefore serve as an incubator for future innovators who will be relied upon to come up with solutions for everyday challenges in this area and the country at large,’’ said the Director General.

The Director General indicated that Kenya is rapidly evolving into a knowledge-based economy and therefore every effort has to be made create an enabling environment for the realization of that goal.

Bushiangala secondary school principal Mr. Justus Abuko said the donation is an immense boost for the school, which has a population of 500 students.

Besides the CSR sponsorships, the Authority has also put in place other interventions to enhance access to communications across the country.

These include the Education Broadband Connectivity project targeting 896 secondary schools countrywide with high speed Internet. Sixty secondary schools from Kakamega County are benefiting from this programme.

Additionally, CA is in the process of deploying 2G mobile voice services in areas that currently don’t have any access at all.

These projects are being carried out through the Universal Service fund (USF) which is a special fund established by law to avail communications services to all.

The Authority has also partnered with the Kenya National Library Services to digitize 46 public libraries spread across the country.

And as part of efforts to avail its services closer to the citizens, the Authority will soon unveil two more regional offices in Kisumu and Nyeri on top of the ones it currently has in Eldoret and Mombasa. Civil works at the two new offices are at advanced stages.