Absa Bank to establish 66 computer labs in schools across Kenya

Absa bank set to establish 66 computer labs in Kenya [Image: Courtesy]
Kenya—Absa Group Limited, originally Amalgamated Banks of South Africa, is a South African-based financial services group, offering personal, business banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth and investment management as well as bank assurance.

Absa Bank Kenya branch has kicked off an ambitious digital literacy enhancement program targeting to establish 66 computer labs in schools across the country.

The bank is investing KES23 million in the nationwide project that is being spearheaded in partnership with Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and will see 1.500 computers donated to diffre4ent schools in the coming months.

The two organizations rolled out the initiative at Kikuyu Township Primary School by donating 20 desktop computers that are fully networked and fitted with relevant software to support learning.

The donation was accompanied by desks and tables refurbished from the waste collected during the bank’s rebranding exercise completed last year, saving the environment up to 12 tons of e-waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Absa Bank’s Head of sustainability and Citizenship James Wiyaki said the bank will continue to find innovative ways to create positive change in the community in line with its suitability and Citizenship Agenda.

“As a responsible financial institution, we recognize the importance of setting a foundation of digital skills for the next generation. Therefore, we have set aside an investment of KES 23 million towards setting up computer labs with upcycled computers as well as repurposed seats and tables across primary schools.

“We are leveraging the power of technology to assist in learning, imparting core skills, and developing the educational potential of young students in Kenya,” said Ms. Waiyaki.

Early this year, Absa Bank embarked on a donation drive to support 46 special needs schools, handing over 20,000 face masks and 4,000 bags made from repurposed billboards from the rebrand project.

In addition to the computer lab handover, the bank took part in a tree planting exercise of indigenous, exotic, and fruit trees at the school as part of its commitment to plant 10 million trees in 5 years.

The tree planting exercise was followed by training sessions for the Environment Club and 4K Club members on the awareness sessions on water and energy efficiency, conservation, sustainability, and climate change.