Mellon Educate announce €1.5m school building scheme in Nairobi
Published 22/05/2014 | 12:51
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.