KIPPRA reached out to and spent the better part of 14th October 2021 with pupils, staff and board of the Machakos School for the Deaf. This was part of the Institute’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeting members of the community, particularly those living with disability.
Among the activities undertaken during the event include a tree-planting exercise where representatives from KIPPRA and the school planted trees. These included the KIPPRA Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi, the school’s board chair Mr Peter Ndanga Kwinga and the headmistress Ms Betty Kiraithe. Others are representatives from the KIPPRA environment and CSR committee, the national values and principles of governance committee and the gender and disability mainstreaming committee.
As part of its initiative to promote understanding of the national values and principles of governance, KIPPRA engaged a representative from the Directorate of National Cohesion and Values to conduct a sensitization exercise. And to help the participants remember the national values of principles of governance, KIPPRA shared keyholders, pamphlets and a booklet with the national values and principles of governance. KIPPRA also shared other gifts including a projector and white board, sanitary pads, sanitizers as well as loaves of bread and milk for the pupils.
Dr Rose Ngugi thanked the school for their warm welcome and lauded the teachers for their effort to impart knowledge to the young learners, despite their hearing impairment. The board chair, on his part, thanked KIPPRA, noting that the event provided an opportunity to understand the context and challenges faced by learners and teachers in a such an institution, which he hoped would contribute information for policy decisions.
One of the key highlights of event was a traditional dance by the pupils, who are said to have won various accolades, including being invited to present during national events.