GPF partners with corporate organizations to award innovative students in Kenya

The Global Peace Foundation, in partnership with Airtel Kenya has organized a four day Innovators Boost Camp dubbed ‘Raising Moral and Innovative Leaders for Economic Independence’.

The programme targets students from top schools in the country and is aimed at providing up to 60 Leap Hubs Students with mentorship and investment opportunities. The affair will run up until August 18, 2016.

Speaking while addressing over 1,000 students yesterday at Alliance Girls High School in Kiambu County during the opening of the Boot Camp Programme, ICT Cabinet secretary, Mr. Joseph Mucheru said innovation within the technology sector is now a driver for economic growth.

“When we embrace innovative technology, we give our students a platform to create an impact in the life of not only them but a bigger population,” Mucheru said.

Global Peace Foundation Executive Director Daniel Juma said the idea is geared towards fostering future leaders with upright morals.

“It’s time our children should be introduced to new technology to succeed at all levels,” he added.

Juma said the Innovative Boot Camp will allow students to participate in a highly focused team building environment that will help develop pitches for innovative thinkers.

GPF Patron and Philanthropist Dr. Manu Chandaria has promise to give out Sh1 million to buy laptops for all innovative students.

“There is a lack of available jobs suited to entry level skills due to mismatch between the number of student seeking work and their level of economic activities, adding that empowering youth to become self reliant, will ultimately lead to a meaningful business,” said Dr. Chandaria.

Statistics shows that in Kenya, 75 per cent of new post secondary graduates fail to find jobs in the highly competitive labor market; employers cite lack of twenty first century skills as the critical issue.

KCB Bank Chief Cxecutive Mr. Joshua Waigara said the Bank will provide scholarships for qualified innovative students, offering learning materials and employment under their youth employment programme under ‘2Jiajiri’.

The top schools participating in the Boot Camp include, Moi Forces Academy, Mary Leakey Girl’s High School, Alliance High School, Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School Mariakani Secondary Schools, Kaimosi Girls High School, Matuga Girls Secondary School, Ng’iya Girls High School, St Mary’s Ukwala Secondary School and Eastleigh High School and Machakos School.

 

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