Ndoto Zetu a community social investment initiative by Safaricom aimed at positively transforming the lives of communities across Kenya has awarded Ksh. 4.7 million worth of scholarships to benefit one hundred students across the country in secondary schools.
The initiative came about a collaborative effort between Safaricom Foundation and the Ministry of Education, through its former Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ms Amina Mohamed to actualize governments commitment to fully support children from less privileged backgrounds transition smoothly from primary to secondary school.
“Access to quality education is hampered by financial constraints facing most parents countrywide. In an effort to remedy this, we are seeking support from various partners to ensure that all students who sat for their KCPE 2018 exams transition to secondary schools,” said the Education Ministry CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed said.
In the Ndoto Zetu Initiative, Safaricom has committed to sponsoring 18 females throughout their secondary education as it offered to support another 100 needy students in from humbled backgrounds putting them into secondary school at the beginning of the year.
“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.
Through the M-PESA Foundation Academy, Safaricom has put 700 students supporting them in form one to form four with full scholarships. 100 dreams have been achieved through the Ndoto Zetu initiative, Safaricom looks to fulfil five hundred more dreams.
With over 29.5 million subscribers ranging from small businesses, corporates to the government offering them differentiated products under its portfolio generating huge revenues, the telco has invested in social corporate responsibility through community projects and education channels to impact and empower the society into a better place.