About the project

The Challenge

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workplace readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In Kenya, Junior Achievement runs a series of tailor made programmes for primary schools, high schools and universities.

The Intervention

The Safaricom Foundation has partnered with Junior Achievement since 2005. In 2009/10, the Foundation’s funding went towards supporting the following programmes and impacting 5,800 students from various schools around the country:
The Company Programme:
Students develop and run their own business for a period of 15 weeks, from capitalization to liquidation.
My Business:
Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship.
Our Nation:
Students learn the basics of business practices including legal issues, financial management, and resource planning.
Job Shadow :
Over 200 Safaricom staff Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu served as volunteer mentors or offered to be shadowed by students. Among these, the CEO, Michael Joseph and the Safaricom Foundation Trustee, Les Baillie were shadowed for a day by students from Mangu High School and Precious Blood High School.
Company Expo/Trade Fair:
Students showcased their entrepreneurial skills in a competitive forum. The Foundation also supported the expansion of Junior Achievement’s Programmes into North Eastern Province, starting with Garissa; and supported the inaugural University Boot Camp, which brought together students from 16 universities to learn business principles and work readiness skills.

The Impact

Students from across the country were able to showcase their skills as well as acquire new ones. This was in line with two of our pillars: economic empowerment & education.




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