Students To Benefit From Safaricom Digital Mentorship Programme

Safaricom has announced a mentorship programme that will benefit students and help make sound decisions towards career choices.

The programme targets improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects which have a bigger impact our every day life.

“We are implementing lessons picked during this COVID-19 pandemic to partner with other organisations to provide meaningful solutions for our customers via alternative channels. For this digital programme we are using our partnership with Eneza’s Shupavu 291 solution to give students access to mentors and information on STEM subjects via SMS”, said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

In partnership with UNESCO and Eneza Education, Safaricom announced that the Mentorship Programmes will be available digitally through TV, local Radio Stations and SMS number 40291.

Students will then watch, listen and interact with mentors via the sms code 40291.

“We are happy to be part of this project leveraging our existing Ask a Teacher platform on Shupavu 291 to adapt the mentorship solution. We believe that this will keep students connected to STEM in the face of this global pandemic irrespective of their gender and socio-economic backgrounds,” said Wambura Kimunyu., CEO, Eneza Education.
The programme will be aimed by over 40 local radio stations. This will help to reach a larger audience , something expected to increase the number of students joining university to undertake STEM courses. Currently only 22 per cent of students joining universities do STEM courses.

“Through this project we hope learners will be able to nurture interest in STEM through the linkage between them and the role models in the STEM profession, through online interaction and the continual access to mentorship services. During this period of containment UNESCO has partnered with the Ministry of Education, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and Safaricom to provide students with information on STEM Education and life and survival skills to enable then overcome gender stereotypes about STEM careers, hence developing interest in science related subjects while learning from home,” said Mrs. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Regional Director, UNESCO.


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