ABOUT MASII INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MAS.I.T)
Masii Institute of Technology is an institution located at Masii town, Mwala Sub-County, Machakos County in Kenya.Masii town is in rural areas where there is limited access to higher education.Legal Status
This Institute is registered under the Technical and Vocational Educational Training Authority (TVETA),
Masii Institute of Technology is accredited by the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (kasneb) to offer various courses.
Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (Kasneb)
- Certificate in Accounting and Management Skills (CAMS)
- Accounting Technician Diploma (ATD)
- Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec)
- Craft Certificate in Social Work and Community Development,
- Diploma in Social Work and Community Development
- Computer Operator
- Electrical wire man
National Industrial Training Authority (NITA)
Internal short courses
- Computer application packages
- Quick Books
The college has the following facilities-three lecture rooms, library, computer laboratory, electrical workshop, cyber cafe, power generator, students resting ground and administration offices.
Since its inception, the college has benefited over 200 students trained in various skills mainly in ICT field. Currently, the college has 35 continuing students.
The college is run by a Board of Directors who meet regularly to provide policy guidance. The Director runs the day to day activities assisted by other staff.
THE PROPOSED MAS.I.T EDUCATION FUND
Every year hundreds of youth in Mwala Sub-County leave school and are not able get an opportunity to pursue trades that will enable them to engage in meaningful economic activities. Many families are not able to afford vocational or tertiary education. This has further been exacerbated by the Covid-19 which has led to reduction in family revenues. With no opportunities for meaningful economic activities, youth easily degenerate into idleness, substance abuse and other forms of hooliganism hence poverty cycle continues from one generation to the next. This has led to Mwala Sub- County to be one of the less developed regions in Machakos County and across the whole country.
The goal of this project is to increase training opportunities for needy youth to acquire skills that will enable them engage in meaningful economic activities by implementing a sustainable education funding scheme.
Through the project the institute proposes to establish and implement a sustainable education fund to offer flexible tuition loans to needy youth from the Sub- County to enable them train at the Institute.
The proposed strategy consists of building an education fund of Kshs 1,200,000 ($ 12,000) to offer tuition loans to learners from needy families in the Sub- County. Every year needy learners will be in a position to receive tuition loan of up to Kshs 20,000 ($ 200) each from the fund. The learners will be expected to pay back the loan and a small interest through a tracking system designed and managed by MAS.I.T. This will enable the fund to be sustained, grow and to meet the cost of administration.
This project will offer 60 youth every year the opportunity to acquire contemporary market skills that will lead to their employment whereupon they will engage in meaningful economic activities. The project will further help to reduce poverty, crime and substance abuse in the County. It will further contribute to the general development of the Sub- County. The project will also contribute significantly to mitigating the impact of Covid-19 in the Sub -County.
Once the learners have completed their studies they will be required to pay back the sponsorship fees plus 20% interest over a period of 12 months. To ensure compliance the process of awarding sponsorship to learners will consist of a bonding process which involves their families.
MAS.I.T will additionally continue to seek employment opportunities for the learners. The process will ensure that the students are tracked. The 20% markup on the interest will help in paying school fees / tuition for more students that come from needy families.
MAS.I.T has been continuously supportive towards poverty reduction in the Sub -County by providing youth with training opportunities so that they can engage in meaningful economic activities. To date 200 youths have benefited through training from the institute.
To expand this opportunities and ensure that more youth receive training, it is important for them to be able to meet the cost of training. Through the proposed fund the institute will be able to sustainably expand its training services and offer more training opportunities to a larger number of youth thus increasing the number of young people with skills for self-reliance and economic development. This will in turn reduce problems resulting from idleness, drug use and lack of sustainable livelihoods.
In addition it will lead to a reduction in poverty, improve the quality of life and contribute to overall social and economic development of the youth in the Sub -County, the County and the Country.