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airtel uganda's corporate sustainability

airtel, the leading mobile telecommunications operator in Africa and India, is committed to becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Ugandans by 2015. Since it started its operations in Uganda in 2010, airtel has been involved in various initiatives to reach the community in ways relevant to their needs.

airtel has chosen to invest her resources in Education through offering an opportunity to underprivileged children in the rural pockets of Uganda to have access to quality education and consequently turning these children into change makers in their own communities.

Our initiatives;

  • Our School/Esoomero Lyaffe programme The programme kicked off in 2010 in close partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the local community in a school adoption programme. Every year airtel adopts one government primary school from a list recommended from the Ministry of Education and Sports. airtel’s partnership has seen the schools get new physical infrastructure, gain ICT skills, leadership skills, new sanitation facilities, scholastic materials among others.
  • Millennium Villages Project airtel has partnered with Earth Institute in three projects at the Millennium Villages in Ruhiira;
    • ChildCount + A health programme that ensures quality and accessible treatment for expectant mothers and their children at the Clinical health units in Ruhiira Millennium Village – Mbarara
    • Connect to Learn An Education programme in which airtel Uganda offers data to 5 secondary schools at the Millennium Villages that enable both teachers and students to connect with students all over the world to share knowledge and learning experiences
    • Shared Solar A Solar Energy programme through which people in the villages can use airtel airtime on a prepaid system of payment for solar energy and thus keep their businesses and homes lit up with solar power.
  • Goals for Education Goals for Education is an Initiative that runs with airtel Rising Stars, an annual Under 17 Football tournament that seeks out and nurtures grass root football talent for both boys and girls.
    • - The initiative was introduced in 2012 at the airtel Rising Stars Season II.
    • - All goals scored at the national championships attract an amount of money that is allocated to the teams
    • - These teams give suggestions on how their cash reward can add value to the schools in their community
  • Other Initiatives
    • airtel Careers is an initiative that focuses on reaching out to college and university students through university and faculty based career and job fairs. In line with the company mission of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Ugandans by 2015, the purpose of airtel Careers is to create airtel become the employer of choice brand.

      Students are given an opportunity to experience the airtel Brand and gain knowledge on how to make their career choices.
    • Connecting Schools with digital Hubs
      Connecting schools is a new initiative that was launched in 2013 in partnership with the British Council. It is a global education program, which offers funding and resources for school partnerships, professional development for teachers. Connecting Classrooms’ Digital in Schools strand aims at providing Educators support to develop basic ICT skills with in classroom teaching. Access to ICT infrastructure is made easy by the setup of Digital Hubs in schools across Sub-Saharan Africa.

      British Council and airtel will engage with each other in nine countries across Sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Ghana, to 90 established Digital Hubs.

airtel staff paid a visit to one of the schools in the “Esoomero lyaffe” program.

airtel staff at the one of the adopted schools, far left is one of the school buildings
before renovation and far right, class room block that was renovated by airtel.

Miss charity, airtel CSR manager at one of the adopted schools.

airtel staff take part in renovation work.

A pupil in one of the class rooms before it was renovated.