KENYA – Absa Bank Kenya PLC has kicked off an ambitious digital literacy enhancement program targeting to establish 66 computer labs in schools across the country.

The bank is investing Kshs 23 million (US$208,276) in the nationwide project that is being spearheaded in partnership with Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and will see 1,500 computers donated to different schools in the coming months.

The two organizations rolled out the initiative at the Kikuyu Township Primary School by donating 20 desktop computers that are fully networked and fitted with relevant software to support learning.

The donation was accompanied by desks and tables refurbished from the waste collected during the bank’s rebranding exercise completed in 2020, saving the environment up to 12 tons of e-waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Absa Bank’s Head of Sustainability and Citizenship Jane Waiyaki said the bank will continue to find innovative ways to create positive change in the community in line with its Sustainability and Citizenship Agenda.

“As a responsible financial institution, we recognize the importance of setting a foundation of digital skills for the next generation. Therefore, we have set aside an investment of Kshs 23 million (US$208,276) towards setting up computer labs with upcycled computers as well as repurposed seats and tables across primary schools. We are leveraging the power of technology to assist in learning, imparting core skills, and developing the educational potential of young students in Kenya,” said Ms. Waiyaki.

Early this year 2021, Absa Bank embarked on a donation drive to support 46 special needs schools, handing over 20,000 face masks and 4,000 bags made from repurposed billboards from the rebrand project.

In addition to the computer lab handover, the bank took part in a tree planting exercise of indigenous, exotic, and fruit trees at the school as part of its commitment to plant 10 million trees in 5 years.

The tree planting exercise was followed by training sessions for the Environment Club and 4K Club members on the awareness sessions on water and energy efficiency, conservation, sustainability, and climate change.

“We believe education remains the engine towards positive social change in our community and a tool that brings to the fore the potential that lies in everyone one of us. Education and Skills is one of the strategic pillars under our Corporate Citizenship Strategy,” Ms. Waiyaki added.

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