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Tennis star Serena Williams is taking a three-day trip to Kenya this week (Feb 22) where she’ll officially inaugurate Wee Secondary School in Makueni, Eastern Province.

This is a follow-up to the first visit she took in November 2008 where – in partnership with Hewlett Packard, and Build African Schools – she helped build The Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni.

This trip, Serena will review the progress of the Matooni school as well as hold a one-hour teaching session with the students of both institutions.

The schools, which have been equipped with computer classrooms, laptops, printers, Internet and training for teachers and students, are designed to empower African students through education.

Hewlett Packard’s managing director for East Africa, Ken Mbwaya, said the superstar is committed to education, especially for the underprivileged.

“As our ambassador, Serena was touched by the plight of children from these areas,” said Mbwaya. “This has made many keen to learn, even with the daily challenges and limitations. Education is the best platform to invest in as it empowers whole communities.”

Patrick O’Sullivan, the Build African Schools founder and chief executive officer, said the objectives of his non-profitable organization is to build primary and secondary schools in marginalized areas.

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