MKU develops plan for Joytown Special School as student wins Maathai award

Mount Kenya University has developed a five-year strategic plan for Thika’s Salvation Army Joytown Special Primary School to help it tackle its challenges.

Launching the 2013-2017 strategic plan at the school, MKU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof John Nderitu said the university was committed to helping the school achieve its aims of tapping and nurturing talent among special needs children as it seeks to “add a smile on their faces and give them hope.” The plan involves a budget of Sh122 million, with the funds going towards education, rehabilitation, health care and advocacy for fundraising.

The school head teacher, Mr James Macharia, who was accompanied by his deputy Grace Kabocho, deputy headteacher Captain Harun Wanyonyi of the Salvation Army, and BOG chairman Arnest Wasike, commended MKU for its support and asked other wellwishers to sponsor projects at the institution.


Mount Kenya University student Abigael Ndinda is the winner of the inaugural prestigious first-ever Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund award.

The prize, worth more than Sh800,000, is named in honour of late Nobel Prize winner and conservationist Prof Wangari Maathai.

“I am lost for words. I seek to work hard and live to the aspirations of the late Prof Maathai,” said an elated Ms Ndinda after she was presented with the prize by the Rockefeller Foundation’s regional managing director Eme Essien Lore at the Green Belt Movement offices in Nairobi. Those who was accompanied her included MKU staff and students.

Prof Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, was the first female to get a doctorate in East Africa, as well as the first African woman to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize for Peace The British Royal Family also recently honoured her. posthumously.