Telecommunications giant, Safaricom, recently handed over Kshs. 4.7 million worth of secondary school scholarships to benefit one hundred students from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country. The telco, through its foundation, collaborated with the Ministry of Education in the roll out of this noble initiative. It is in line with the government’s commitment to achieve 100% transition of students from primary to secondary schools.
“Access to quality education is hampered by financial constraints facing most parents countrywide. As a remedy to this, we are seeking support from various partners to ensure that all students who sat for their KCPE 2018 examination transition to secondary schools,” Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed observed during the colourful event.
Earlier this year, Safaricom offered to support another one hundred students from disadvantaged backgrounds who joined form one in various schools across the country. As part of the Ndoto Zetu initiative, the telco has committed to sponsoring eighteen girls throughout their secondary school education.
Additionally, through the M-PESA Foundation Academy, Safaricom is supporting 700 students in Form 1 to 4 with full scholarships.
“Supporting education is a commitment we have made as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we subscribe to. We believe that we should not leave anyone behind in access to quality education, ensuring inclusive and equitable opportunities for all; transforming lives one student at a time,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.
Ndoto Zetu is a Community Social Investment initiative launched in January this year to support dreams Kenyans have for their communities.
Safaricom will fulfill 500 dreams across the country. So far, 100 dreams have been fulfilled