A total of 350 students from Tetu Constituency, Nyeri County will benefit from an education sponsorship that will foot their school fees.
A local philanthropist through his organization, Tetu Rising Initiative, has pledged to pay the students school fees and provide a stipend as pocket money as they join form one.
The students drawn from Aguthii Gaaki, Dedan Kimathi and Wamagana wards will also be provided with other personal effects such as toiletries.
Speaking at Kangaita PCEA church compound during an event to award the scholarships to the beneficiaries, the Initiative’s founder Geoffrey Wandeto said the sponsorship which he unveiled back in 2016 has grown over the years and has so far benefited students from 61 schools across the constituency.
“We do this programme in two parts. We motivate the students as they prepare for the national exams by organizing for motivational speakers to encourage and guide them. We also gift them with items required during exams like geometry sets, pens and even success cards just to motivate them,” Wandeto said.
Wandeto said, “after exams, we select those who have attained 300 marks and above and offer them assistance as they join form one like we are doing here today. This gesture has in turn inspired a lot of students to do even better,” he added.
He also said they award teachers and the most improved school as well as the overall best school in the constituency.
“I am happy for this vision of raising education standards and I urge parents, teachers and students to work hand in hand for our constituency to shine more,” said the philanthropist.
Speaking at the same function, one of the beneficiaries Yvonne Nyambura who couldn’t hide her joy after attaining 351 marks thus benefiting from this programme urged other students to work hard for them to qualify for assistance from the initiative.
Jane Muthoni, 60, and who attended the occasion to witness her grandchild being feted lauded the initiative saying it had gone a long way in assisting learners especially those from poor family backgrounds.
By Ann Ngure and Kiamah Wamutitu