Oserian Development Company has unveiled a new block of eight classrooms funded with premiums from FairTrade, at a cost of Sh14 million at the Oserian Primary School.
This is part of the firm’s business diversification strategy on expanding key facilities in readiness for an envisaged increase in population as its industrial park takes shape.
“We want to be ready to offer people who will settle here basic facilities associated with an all rounded business park,” said Mary Kinyua, Director, Human Resources and Administration.
At the same time, Oserian has upgraded its health centre by installing a CT scan and a dental chair to cater to the health needs of the company’s workforce and their dependents. This means that the company will no longer refer staff members to other facilities for these health services.
The school expansion project has been undertaken to decongest the already overstretched capacity. The public school was built by the flower farm as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
The block was officially opened by Fairtrade UK head Michael Gidney in a ceremony attended by among other dignitaries, Naivasha MP Jane Kihara.
Kinyua has asked the government to step in and provide at least eight teachers since the school faces a major shortage of instructors.
Naivasha is Kenya’s flower growing city which is poised to grow into a major economic hub following plans by the government to create a dry port as part of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) strategy and geothermal power generation.
These developments have seen a major re-alignment of business in the lake-town.
Oserian is setting up a business park that includes a flower business zone, real estate, agro-processing industries- which are part of the government’s Big Four Agenda- and related support infrastructure for about a 20,000 population expected to work and live within the Oserian Two Lakes Business Park.
According to Kinyua, the school is a contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Already, Oserian is supporting music programmes at its supported educational institutions with its educational policy meant to develop talents alongside academics.