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Pioneer School taps alumna’s to offer entrepreneurship, mentorship skills



Pioneer Schools, owned by billionaire businessman Peter Munga, on Wednesday held an alumnae event that brought together over three hundred professionals drawn from different backgrounds who pledged to offer mentorship and entrepreneurship skills to their former school.

The event that took place in Nairobi was convened under Pioneer Schools Alumni Association and also seeks to offer career guidance and industrial linkages.

“Pioneer Schools has become an intellectual hub that has for many years produced  doctors, bankers, finance professionals, architects business men, lawyers and pilots and we feel there is a need to plough back all these skills to our former schools and build another wider pool of entrepreneurs and professionals,” said James Karuthiru who is the chairman of the association

During the event, Mr. Munga pledged Ksh 500, 000 that will fund the association activities.

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Mr. Munga is also the founder of the 18-year-old Pioneer School in Murang’a, which has a student population of over 1,500 and Pioneer Girls School in Thika.

“I am proud of what these young men and women have grown up to be. People who command respect and are proud to be part of this family that has now become the Pioneers Schools Alumni Association,” said Mr. Munga.

“We have always been committed to offer quality education in different professional areas among them aviation and entrepreneurships so that to produce a generation of job creators and competent professionals,’’ he added

Mr. Munga quest to support education has been evident and felt across Kenya when together with Equity Bank’s Managing Director James Mwangi started the ‘Wings to Fly’ programme, which has gobbled up over Ksh 8 billion in scholarships

“The ‘Wings to Fly’ programme was inspired by the belief that the destiny of young people in Kenya should not be tied to the current financial situation of their parents. These people have the potential to break the cycle of poverty and change their own destinies, that of their families and the society in general,” Mr. Munga said recently while receiving honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nairobi

The participants said the association will also strive to create a culture of philanthropy among the alumni body and ensure they continue to contribute their time, talent and financial resources to the betterment of the School and each other.

“The association will also act as a means through which the alumni can contribute their collective knowledge and perspective to the life of the School and offer support to students in work placements and help them launch their careers,” Mr. Karuthiru added.