Safaricom’s Child Transforming Agenda
In last weeks article we highlighted Safaricom’s internal culture of child rights. Safaricom goal is to transform lives including children. This is seen in the number of Safaricom initiatives that are geared to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children. The company has invested in talent development of children in low income communities in Nairobi, while digging bore holes in the Northern parts of Kenya. In this weeks article we highlight a number of initiatives that aim at Transforming lives of children
We start with M-PESA Foundation Academy a state of the art, co-educational and residential high school providing world class Kenyan education. Driven by leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. The Academy serves talented but economically disadvantaged students with demonstrated leadership potential. The academy offers a world class, well rounded learning environment to develop the future leaders of the African continent and places great emphasis on the holistic development of all its learners not just in academics but also in technology, music, sports, the arts, outdoor pursuits and community service. The first class of the academy was enrolled this year. The Academy aims at empowering young girls to be transformation leaders.
Safaricom Jazz Festival Supporting Ghetto Classics – Since its inception in February 2014, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has evolved into an unmissable celebration of live music. The Festival prides itself in bringing together talented musicians from all over the world and has played a significant role in nurturing the Kenyan jazz scene, making the genre more accessible to fans and bringing together music lovers for a good cause.
But these events are more than the music, dancing and laughter synonymous with Safaricom Jazz; all proceeds go towards supporting Ghetto Classics, a non-profit, community-based program that seeks to transform the lives of youth from underprivileged backgrounds by introducing them to the world of live jazz and classical music. The recital group is based in one of the communities with high levels of crime. Through support from Safaricom, 100s of young children have been rescued from the life of crime and have been given an opportunity to perform before presidents.
Safaricom prides itself as a leading telco in Africa, in order to pass on the Burton, Safaricom empowers young children aged 6 to 18 years with basic programming skills, an understanding of robotics and automation systems and Technology in general, while having loads of fun. Kidz Go Tech programme an initiative by the Safaricom Women In Technology , in partnership with Fun Kids. The program won in the Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award (Organisations) category during the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
We believe that other organizations can learn from Safaricom and become more sensitive to the needs of children in the community. In the words of Sanda Ojiambo ‘Our business is about transforming lives’. Thus business should not exist only to make profit but to impact the world around them. We will continue to highlight Safaricom’s work with children.
If you or know a company that is child sensitive, kindly let us know and we will tell the story. Because a child sensitive business is a sustainable business.
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