December 17, 2021
A classroom block, two iron sheet dormitories, a staffroom made of iron sheets, and small mud-walled kitchen clustered among sun-scorched acacia trees on an arid hillside make up Sobukwo Mixed Day and Boarding Secondary School.
Established in 2016 at Ortum in the semi-arid part of West Pokot County, Sobukwo has a thriving student population of two hundred and forty-five. Without basic amenities and equipment for teachers and learners, the public school easily ticked all the boxes when the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) made a public call on for nomination of a school to receive a donation of furniture.
And on December 15, 2021, a team from KUCCPS set off for a two-day Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) visit to the institution. The mission was to deliver 22 pieces of office furniture, which the staff in the institution needed so badly. The aim was also to speak to the students about career choice and how to access government sponsorship to universities and colleges through KUCCPS.
The KUCCPS team led by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome arrived the following morning and were received by Mr. Samuel Lokwari, the Principal, and elated students. The CEO and career guidance officers took the time to explain career options, university and college placement application process; subject requirements for various careers; application stages and subject selection. Thereafter, Dr. Wahome handed over the office furniture to the Principal, the Deputy Principal and teachers. The CEO also issued copies of the KUCCPS career book – The Essential Career Guide: Making an Informed Choice – to the school.
Kapsabet High School
After Sobukwo, the KUCCPS team embarked on the second leg of the CSR activity – a visit to Kabsabet High School in Nandi County – for a similar career talk and donation of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units for use in the school’s computer lab.
Dr. Wahome and the team were well received at Kapsabet High School by Chief Principal Mr. Kipchumba Maiyo on December 17, 2021. The team delivered a donation of 10 UPS units and proceeded to offer career guidance in groups. The areas covered included the role of KUCCPS in the selection of courses; how students should position themselves for the courses of their choice; the placement application process, and subject requirements for various courses.
The KUCCPS team also donated copies of the KUCCPS career book – The Essential Career Guide: Making an Informed Choice – to the institution.
The CSR activities were conducted in line with the KUCCPS corporate social investment policy through which the organisation seeks to support disadvantaged communities to improve their lives.