By Ednah Kiarie
Learning Institutions countrywide to benefit
from 1million quality masks donated by KCB
KCB Bank Kenya has donated 1 million
reusable face masks to support the reopening
of learning institutions which kicked off today.
The initiative seeks to facilitate protecting
learners and school administrators from
contracting Covid-19 as well as reducing the
risk of spreading of the disease.
This follows a call by the government for a
phased re-opening of schools after a seven
month break in response to the COVID-19
The masks will be distributed to needy students
from schools across the country.
“We are catalyzing the reopening of the
institutions to ensure a seamless process as
well as guarantee the sustainability of the
resumption of studies, noting that the virus is
still here with us,” said KCB Group CEO and MD
Joshua Oigara while presenting some of the
masks to the Education Cabinet Secretary
Professor George Magoha at Olympic Primary
School, Kibera, Nairobi on Monday morning.
“This is one of the all-round initiatives which we
have rolled out, including a financial support
mechanism to boost schools operations. This
will enable both public and private schools to
access loan facilities towards complying with
health guidelines set by the ministries for
Education and Health,” he added.
Further to the donation of masks, KCB has
announced a commercial commitment to aid
the rapid reopening of public and private
schools with a wide variety of financial support
solutions including loans of up to KShs.250
million among other products to ease school
Prof Magoha said: “We would like to applaud
KCB for offering both financial and non-
financial support to institutions as they get
ready to effectively reopen while at the same
time ensuring the safety of the stakeholders
and we will keenly observe the partial reopening
for the three classes before making a
determination to reopen all schools.
The donation made by KCB will go a long way
to ensure the safety of our students as they go
back to school.”
The Bank has restructured loans and overdrafts
worth more than KShs. 1billion for the learning
institutions since the pandemic struck and the
institutions will continue enjoying repayment
holidays as they resume operations.
The Bank has supported the education sector
through various initiatives and will continue
working with over 23,000 learning centres to
deliver a seamless experience in education