By M&M Reporter
Kenyan underprivileged youths are set to increase their chances of getting jobs following a deal signed today between pay television firm StarTimes Media and SOS Children’s Villages International.
The deal will see the pay television firm provide technical, equipment financial support as well as attachment opportunities to vocational training colleges for underprivileged youths run by the charity.
A press release circulated to media houses said the deal will see StarTimes support SOS Children’s Villages programmes in Kenya through broadening local learning opportunities.
The deal will also extend technical training and career opportunities by enabling beneficiaries to kick-start their entry into the job market through mentorship.
The SOS Children’s Villages partnership represents a strategic effort to facilitate the entry of youth into the job market while giving them the means to create a sustainable future for themselves and society.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, StarTimes Chief Executive Officer, David Zhang, noted that the brand made a commitment of empowering the youth during the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Rwanda last year and the partnership with SOS will therefore go a long way towards achieving envisaged objectives.
“StarTimes is committed towards empowering the Kenyan youth and facilitating their entry, growth and development through extending mentorship and training opportunities. This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages is therefore very strategic, as we look forward towards imparting knowledge and skills to the next generation of our leaders,” noted Zhang.
In this context, SOS Children’s Villages will share resources, skills and knowledge as far as youth employability and capacity building is concerned towards the implementation of the MOU.
Walter Odhiambo the SOS Children’s Villages National Director said the support from StarTimes will help the charity achieve its objective of helping youths to be employable.
“Partnerships make our work possible. We can only accomplish what we do for children, young people and families thanks to the generosity, commitment and amplification of our message by corporate partners such as StarTimes. In Kenya, SOS Children’s Villages works closely with a wide range of companies and partners who have a vested interest in improving the lives of the communities they are working in. As a result, the impact of our work is stronger and more sustainable”.