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Mang’u School Receives Boeing 737-700 Plane Donation from Kenya Airways for Aviation Studies

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Mang’u School Receives Boeing 737-700 Plane Donation from Kenya Airways for Aviation Studies

A Kenya Airways aircraft has been donated to Mang’u High School by the national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ).

The airline says that the change would increase the usefulness of aviation courses in the education sector at a ceremony on Wednesday presided over by Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport, and Public Works Kipchumba Murkomen.

KQ announced in a statement on Wednesday that they have donated a Boeing 737-700 aircraft to Mang’u High School to enhance its aviation learning preparation.

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The donation is intended to support aviation studies at the school, which will supply the airline with aviation professionals in the future.

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The school, which will commemorate its 100th anniversary next year, was among the first in the nation to offer aviation studies, and a number of its former students are currently working for the airline.

This move is seen as a commitment to supporting learning institutions and nurturing the next generation of aviators.

Mang’u High School becomes the first recipient of a complete aircraft from the airline as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, following the 2016 donation of an engine to the Technical University of Kenya for the same purpose.

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The CEO of Kenya Airways, Allan Kilavuka, expressed confidence in the impact of the donation, stating that it would aid in the development of student talent.

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Mr. Kilavuka stated that the donation aligns with their commitment to nurturing talent and fostering economic growth, not only in Kenya but across the broader African continent.

He expressed their anticipation of observing the significant influence this initiative would have on Mangu High School.

Murkomen praised the initiative, stating that it will establish incubators for innovation and talent development, thereby equipping young people and students with the necessary tactical, technical, and technological skills for the job market.

Murkomen emphasized that the government views the growth of Kenya’s aviation sector as highly significant.


He pointed out that this growth has a wide range of positive impacts, such as job creation, market expansion, accelerated transportation of goods and individuals, the development of regional economies, and the establishment of Kenya as a prominent aviation hub in Africa.

He praised the airline’s CSR initiatives that provide students with tactical, technical, and technological knowledge that gives them a competitive advantage.

Murkomen thanked Kenya Airways for this commendable act of corporate social responsibility that will inspire hope in the students of Mangu High School, assist in the modeling of their skills, and convert abstract theories into applicable concepts.

The CS emphasized the importance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in advancing the government’s education and aviation reforms, stating that such collaborations play a crucial role in providing young people with access to essential resources and career-building opportunities.

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Murkomen stated that the donation is a noble act and a demonstration of KQ’s commitment to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

The CBC emphasizes the enhancement of students’ interests in specific areas of study, the cultivation of their innate talents, the translation of their passions into future careers, and the transformation of abstract theories into practical concepts.

Mang'u School Receives Boeing 737-700 Plane Donation from Kenya Airways for Aviation Studies
Mang’u School Receives Boeing 737-700 Plane Donation from Kenya Airways for Aviation Studies

According to Murkomen, the aviation industry in Africa offers numerous vacant opportunities and vacancies.

In the next two decades, Africa will require 55,000 skilled aviation professionals, including 15,000 pilots, 17,000 technicians, and 23,000 cabin personnel, according to a recent report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Kenya Airways Board Chair Michael Gichangi, Mang’u High School Board Chair Anthony Maina, and Chief Principal John Kuria also attended the ceremony.

Crown Paints will donate paint for the painting of the plane, which will now be registered as 5W MHC instead of 5W KQH.

KCB Bank has donated Sh5 million to support the plane’s move from the hangar to the school and to equip the school with aircraft learning equipment such as flight simulators and aircraft maintenance tools.

Kilavuka, who reiterated that the airline will also provide technical support to the school, stated that they have begun aviation-related discussions with univarsities, in particular TUK and Kenyatta University (KU).

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John Kuria, principal of Mangu High School, thanked the airline for the donation, stating that it will encourage these students to pursue their dream professions.

”It will also go a long way toward increasing the number of aeronautical technology students,” he said.

Ronald Meru, chairman of the Mangu High School Alumni Association, paraded four alumni pilots and stated that the aviation program is the school’s glory.

General Michael Gichangi, chairman of the board for Kenya Airways and an alumnus of Mangu, stated that the school played a pivotal role in the aviation industry of the country since the Kenya’s independence, and that the donation will strengthen the impetus it has provided to the industry.


Mang’u School Receives Boeing 737-700 Plane Donation from Kenya Airways for Aviation Studies

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