By Bett Kipsang’
Access to information services is a fundamental necessity for the well being of a society. Youths living in Ng’arua and its environs can attest. ‘‘I knew about Ng’arua Maarifa Centre, even before I started my Business Management course two years ago’’ Said Nicholas Kariuki a second year student at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
Whenever he is not in college, Kariuki goes to Ng’arua Maarifa Centre to research and learn new things. ‘‘I use the library and free internet for academic research’’ He said adding that he borrowed a business study book recently and has benefited him a lot.
He get lots of information and research materials from the internet. ‘‘Apart from studies the internet has been very resourceful for communications, news and access to social network sites’’. Said Kariuki, adding that internet speed at the Maarifa centre was commendable. Nicholas is nurturing ambitions to become a web designer and holder of a master’s degree in Business Management.
Nicholas observed that Ng’arua Maarifa Centre has helped many young people to access opportunities which they could not have accessed anywhere else in the locality. ‘‘It is a blessing and great opportunity’’ He said referring to the Ng’arua Maarifa Centre.
Jacinta Kairu 22, is comfortably pursuing her distance learning course at the convenience of her home. She started her diploma in community development at the local branch of a prestigious international learning institution. The Maarifa centre was useful to her from the start, ''I came here to send an application which i had found in a newspaper advertisement'' she said.
To her surprise! She got admissions. It was already easy for her to use the internet since she had completed the free ICT training offered at the Ng’arua Maarifa centre.
Jacinta, now at her second year have come to terms with the taxing demands of distance learning, unlike at first when she had a lot of challenges. ''Were it not for the Maarifa centre, it would have been extremely difficult for me to study’’ She said considering the cost of travelling to the nearest town, 70 Kilometers away and the extra charges for the internet cyber. She now appeals to the youth to utilize the library and ICT equipment for their empowerment.
She now has an ambition to complete her course with a good grade and go ahead to become an established entrepreneur. I greatly appreciate the role of Ng’arua Maarifa Centre in promoting quality access to information resources.