Supporting Education - Emarti School Project
It gives us great pride to be a part of the community in providing world-class education in the Masai Mara. A project that started in 2012, today boast six classrooms, a library, an abulution block, an administration office and a two-bedroom head-teachers house. Every year since 2012, has seen the school grow and thrive, indeed Airkenya still holds on to the dream of making the Emarti Primary School a world-class primary school in the Masai Mara.
Airkenya proudly handed over two new classrooms and a two-bedroomed Staff House to the Emarti Primary School in the Maasai Mara on 25 February 2013, making good its promise for the first phase of the building of Emarti Primary School at a cost of Kenya Shillings 10 million.
Airkenya General Manager, Capt Dino Bisleti said at the handover ceremony, “we are proud to have completed the first phase of the school”, and promised future support. He also said “ I hope to see children out of Emarti School come for employment with Airkenya and to fly our aircraft”.
The Mara District Education officers thanked Airkenya “for the quality of the classrooms built” and indicated “this should encourage performance and enrollment in the school”.
Airkenya decided that the most beneficial corporate socially responsible project would be education because it comprised the most important component in raising people’s livelihoods and safeguarding the environment.
The Maasai Mara is Airkenya’s flagship destination with three flights daily. It was therefore an obvious choice for a place to situate the school as an expression of Airkenya’s commitment to social responsibility and involvement.
Airkenya not only commissioned a detailed Master Plan for the school but made sure the schools buildings would be as good as the best schools in Kenya, “We found most schools in the Maasai Mara are made up of mabati (tin panel) classrooms. Children are having to learning in grueling conditions with poor lighting, high temperatures and at times the deafening sound of the rain,” said Airkenya Marketing Manager Cheryl deSouza. “Airkenya wanted to ensure we would build a school with conducive learning facilities and a school Airkenya would be proud of”.
The school which will eventually have boarding facilities, dining/school hall plus new classrooms for standards 1 – 8 and a Nursery School is a long term project for Airkenya with a total cost of not less than US $1.5million.