UNICEF and Airtel Kenya sign a 1-year MoU to protect children from abuse and reinforce their rights to education & safety. The partnership enables children to access the internet, keep them safe online and boost their learning opportunities.
UNICEF is an international NGO that works to promote and protect the rights of children and women with branches located worldwide. Airtel Africa is a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries in Africa, primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa.
The partnership combines UNICEF’s expertise on children’s rights, advocacy, & programs and Airtel’s technical knowledge and ability to communicate with a broad audience. UNICEF and Airtel will allow children to access the internet, keep them safe online and boost their learning opportunities. The partnership has several priority projects like the Last Mile Connectivity Project to increase digital literacy provide quality digital learning for children, including those with disabilities.
Another project is the “Stop it, Stop it” campaign on violence against children aiming to raise public awareness of the different forms of violence, such as physical, sexual, and emotional, and how to recognize & report. The campaign also addresses violence and abuse against children in the online space. The partnership also prioritizes providing life-saving information to children and their families during emergencies like droughts, floods, and disease outbreaks.
Airtel Kenya CEO Prasanta Das Sarma mentioned that the partnership could leverage Airtel’s technology and reach in Kenya and build on shared values – aligning the company’s missions and strategies for social good.