Friday 19 December 2014

Mellon Educate announce €1.5m school building scheme in Nairobi

Published 22/05/2014 | 12:51

A Hand out picture for the Niall Mellon Township Trust showing  Irish volunteers  and pupils celebrating at the opening of the refurbished Oranjekloof primary school Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. Under the new ambitious 'Mellon Educate' initiative the charity is now moving forward with the aim of creating a better educational environment for 100,000 African children. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 28, 2014. See PA story  . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Irish volunteers and pupils celebrating at the opening of the refurbished Oranjekloof primary school Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Liam Mullin and Niall Mellon with an emotional head teacher Lungswa Makae at the cutting ribbon at the opening of the refurbished Oranjekloof primary school Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pupils celebrating after the cutting of the ribbon at the opening of the refurbished Oranjekloof primary school Imizamo Yethu,Cape Town at the end of the first Mellon Educate Building Bltz. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Some of the 320 Irish volunteers working on the 'Mellon Educate' building blitz.
Mellon Educate volunteers work on new school building in Kokstad, the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Mellon Educate has signed an €1.5m building agreement with the Kenyan government to roll out more schools in its capital city of Nairobi.

The education-led charity, with Niall Mellon at its helm, announced the scheme which intends to improve the education of those living in the city’s slums.

Mellon Educate has already built two large modern schools in The Mukuru slum with a capacity to teach up to 3,500 pupils.

Yesterday’s official launch was attended by many senior Kenyan government members including the Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero and the Executive Member in charge of Education Christopher S Khaemba.

The Kenyan government pledged 150,000,000 Kenyan Shillings (circa €1,500,000) towards the construction of the next three schools in the Mellon Educate Building programme.

For their part, Mellon Educate has agreed to provide its full management team for the project, including Chairman Niall Mellon, at no extra cost. 

Mr Khaemba praised the Mellon organisation for the quality of the “outstanding” schools it has built in Nairobi so far and said that they are an example of the type of school the Kenyan Government should construct in the future.

Mr Mellon said he was “absolutely delighted” that the new educational initiative in Kenya has been so warmly received by the Kenyan Government. 

“To have received this substantial financial backing from the Kenyan Government is a really positive step in our mission to provide educational improvements for 100,000 of Africa’s poorest children,” he said.

Mr Mellon’s previous initiative of building houses in South Africa resulted in 23,000 homes being constructed by the Mellon charity for over 125,000 of South Africa’s shack dwellers.

 “I am over the moon that the Kenyan Government have whole heartedly embraced our charity now and asked us to play a central role with them in Nairobi to provide education opportunities for the poorest of the poor slum dwellers,” he added.

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