Education is and has always been the key to success and this would explain why there is more pressure, now more than ever to properly empower the young generation. The government can only do so much and as such, we have seen other players including NGOs, non-profits, and more, doing something in this regard.
Back in November, Chipper, the company behind the pan-African money transfer platform. Chipper Cash, partnered with Ajuma Foundation in a bid to provide learning material to learners in Rural schools across Kenya.
Months later and the project seems to be concluding well. According to reports from Chipper, the partnership has enabled them to distribute up to 4,000 exercise books to students in 5 community schools in four Kenyan counties – Uasin Gishu, West Pokot, Kajiado & Machakos.
These aren’t some random, off-the-shelf exercise books that Chipper and Ajuma Foundation have been giving out to learners. The Ajuma Exercise Books were designed to do something else beyond addressing the children’s literacy needs.
The book covers are designed with characters that embrace and foster ethnic diversity, a very important topic for Kenyan children. The greetings on the back cover also introduce the children to the different languages of the various tribes complete with illustrations of the traditional tribal dress.
Speaking about the program, Leon Kiptum Country Director, the Chipper Cash Kenya said that:
This wasn’t only about the teachers & kids, it was also about parents who can’t afford to provide fully for their kid’s educational needs. This is an initiative Chipper would like to carry on with.
African startups have slowly but surely made a name for themselves over the past few years and with more and more of them attaining unicorn status, it is a great time to be proud to be African especially in the tech space.
It is also encouraging to see these platforms giving back to society and should be an inspiration to us all, to find ways to give back to the motherland.
Images courtesy of Chipper