Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo officiated the reception of 350 desks worth Sh1.4 million from Safaricom Foundation, a donation for Katikomor Peace Border School.
During the ceremony held at the school, Governor Lonyangapuo said that the school has and continues to play a critical role of uniting communities from the area and the neighboring Uganda.
Lonyangapuo said that the county is setting up teachers' quarters in the peace schools so that they can stay with the pupils and help in their performance.
He further said that his administration is keen on ensuring that all kids across the county get access to good and quality education.
“My administration is keen on achieving sustainable peace through education in areas which had been marked as insecurity hotspots. Over 150 pupils are from Uganda and this is a great improvement; it clearly shows that residents have embraced peace,” he said.
While expressing his gratitude to Safaricom Foundation for the donation, he also urged the foundation to help in improving network coverage in the region.
Safaricom Territory Account Manager Stephen Karanja said that the telecommunications firm decided to help the school as its enrollment had increased and pupils were sharing desks. He said that Safaricom will continue to improve livelihoods across the region.
“The institution lacked enough desks and chairs to accommodate the growing population. Some pupils had to share available desks and some had to sit on the floor and write on their laps,” he said.
West Pokot County has constructed six peace border schools which are integration centres for pupils from different communities living along the borderlines previously marred by insecurity.
The county has also several cross-border development programmes which have been tailored to accommodate the peace process.
The team led by Lonyangapuo later headed to Alale Girls' Primary School and commissioned four classrooms funded by Safaricom. The classrooms equipped with furniture, will be used by pupils with special needs. He later distributed over 200 mattresses to various schools across Alale Ward.
Mr. Karanja and the team also handed over Safaricom-funded school dormitory to Kiwawa Boys Secondary school.