February 9th 2012: Over 100 disadvantaged students from Brucewood Education Centre located in Komarock Estate, Nairobi now have a reason to smile after Safaricom Foundation equipped the Centre’s science laboratory.
The pupils, most of whom come from neighbouring slums of Dandora and Kayole could not hide their joy as they received Kshs. 500,000 worth of packed chemicals and apparatus from the Foundation recently. Some of the equipments purchased include Bunsen burners, beakers, funnels, burettes, thermometers, spatulas, measuring cylinders, test tubes, ammeters and voltmeters among others.
The donation by the Foundation comes in the wake of a common believe among students that science and technology – related subjects are difficult.
Speaking during the event, Zaheeda Suleiman- Arain, Safaricom Foundation Trustee noted that the students require extensive encouragement from parents and teachers in order to motivate them not to shun science subjects.
“As teachers, parents or guardians, we have a major role to play in the lives of these pupils by advising them accordingly on issues such as this one,” said Zaheeda, adding that were it not for the centre, some of the students would not have got the opportunity to go to school considering the poor backgrounds of their parents.
Through this project, the students will be able to undertake their practical lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that will improve their understanding on various topics taught in class.
“This project is in line with our commitment to boost learning and promote good performance in schools,” noted Zaheeda.
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