The MPesa Foundation Academy is a haven for the delicate
aspirations of Kenyan students in creating a prosperous and sustainable future.
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Safaricom, through MPesa Foundation Academy, is set to
admit students to global and local institutions of higher learning including TVETs.
About 156 students are graduating from the Academy, and
22 of the selected students have been admitted to universities in the United
Kingdom and Switzerland after attaining the required scores.
Local varsities and TVET institutions will admit 114 and
20 students respectively.
The intended global universities include Brunel
University and the University of Leeds in the UK, Simmons University and
Illinois University in the USA. JKUAT, USIU and Strathmore are the local
universities on the list.
Allan-Corfield Arlington, Executive Head of School, MPesa
Foundation Academy is optimistic that the students at the MPesa Foundation
Academy will develop transformational leaders.
“We believe in giving every child an opportunity to
learn. We have seen our alumni students doing well in institutions of higher
learning, here and abroad, informing us of their skills and knowledge. We are
therefore confident that this set of students graduating today will follow in their
footsteps and create a positive impact in their communities’ back home,” he
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Article 26, everyone has the right to education. However, in Kenya, three out
of 10 students who join class one do not sit for KCPE and the lack of resources
to keep them in school is a major factor.
The MPesa Foundation has had other education initiatives
that support the education of the underprivileged students including the
Keeping Girls in School Initiative which has seen over one million girls
receive sanitary towels to advance the girl child education.