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Members of staff clean a classroom block verandah during the annual Freida Brown Day on Friday, September 21 at Ngumunyu Primary School located in the Korogosho informal settlement in Nairobi.PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Diana Meso

On Friday, September 21, the University celebrated the annual Freida Brown Day at Ngunyumu Primary School in Korogocho - one of Nairobi’s informal settlements. The event brought together over 300 staff, students, faculty and friends of USIU-Africa to give back to the community, in line with the University’s mission; community service and development.

Founded in 1986, Ngunyumu Primary School, now hosts a population of 815 students and a teaching staff of 14, in dire need of additional facilities to support teaching and learning. 

Led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza participants engaged in various activities including; tree planting, fence trimming, slashing, cleaning of classroom and washrooms, litter collection and much more.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Zeleza announced a donation of writing pad chairs to enable the pupils to have their meals in the dining room without need for desks, while a cheque of KES 100,000 would contribute towards the purchase of dry maize and beans to support the school’s pupil food program.

He emphasized the university’s commitment to positively impacting the society through community service did not end with an annual observance, but was a requirement for all undergraduates as part of the quality, liberal education offered at USIU-Africa.

University financial aid programs, he said, had already assisted 1200 students continue their college education, while the University’s participation in the Kasarani Neighborhood Association (KNA) program had greatly facilitated full annual scholarships to identified Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidates who topped their class, but could not afford their high school of choice.