Fifty miles from Nairobi, the Kenyans of Murang'a have started building themselves a college of technology.
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Background: Fifty miles from Nairobi, the Kenyans of Murang'a have started building themselves a college of technology. It's the largest harambee self-help project yet undertaken and the total cost will be in excess of half a million pounds sterling.
President Jomo Kenyatta visited the visited the site on Saturday (December 4th). At the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone, the President said that the project was inspiring Kenyans in other districts to plan their own colleges.
SYNOPSIS: President Kenyatta on Saturday visited the largest Harambee self-help project so far started in Kenya. It's at Murang'a -- fifty miles from Nairobi -- where local people are building their own college of technology. The President's visit, plus a full programma of tribal dances, attracted crowds of about thirty-thousand people. Several cabinet ministers, including the Minister of Education, Mr. Taita Towett, accompanied the head of state.
The President signed the visitors' book for the college. When complete, the project will provide places for five-hundred students. In a speech, President Kenyatta said that the Murang'a project was inspiring people in other parts of Kenya to plan their own colleges. It was time, he said, for Kenyans to forget the past notion that education was only for white-collared jobs. Manual workers also needed an education.
The speeches over, the fund-raising began. People at the ceremony contributed over fifty-thousand pounds sterling towards the project, including a substantial donation from the President. The total cost of the college is expected to exceed half-a-million pounds.
President Kenyatta laid the foundation stone to what will become Kenya's first fully-fledged college of technology. It will offer courses on building, engineering and electronics.