The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has partnered with Kenyatta University (KU) to offer scholarships to girls from vulnerable families across the country so that they can achieve their dreams.
The partnership will see KETRACO pump resources into the programme; dubbed KETRACO Scholarship for Orphans and Vulnerable Students (KSOVS). Over the next five years, vulnerable female students in KU undertaking electrical or civil engineering degrees are set to be beneficiaries of the initiative.
Speaking during the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, KETRACO’s managing director, Fernandes Barasa hailed the initiative for attempting to bridge the engineering skills gap in the country – which is in line with the company’s vision.
“The overall objective of the MoU signing is to jointly develop mutual collaboration in various areas -including research – that touches on electricity transmission, support equity, access and excellence in higher education especially among vulnerable girls,” Barasa said. “This will form a link that will see the development of new products and technology in electricity transmission through scholarships, research funding and knowledge management consultancy, “ he added.
According to Professor Paul Wainaina, Vice Chancellor, KU, the partnership will facilitate mutual collaboration between KETRACO and KU. In addition, it will enable KU to explore emerging trends in electricity transmission and research.