LUSAKA, Oct 1 – Kenya Airways has announced its partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Education to promote the “Education for All Campaign”.
The partnership will see Zambian pupils fly to Nairobi from Lusaka for an education exchange programme.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni who was in Zambia to officiate the re-launch of the campaign said his company is dedicated to supporting education not only in Zambia but across Africa as part of the airline’s corporate social responsibility.
“Kenya Airways has identified education as a means of promoting sustainable growth in the continent, for this reason we are giving back to the community across Africa by investing in education which is key to poverty reduction,” said Mr Naikuni.
In a speech read on his behalf by Education Minister Dora Siliya, Zambian President Rupiah Banda called for combined efforts in promoting children’s education.
“I wish to urge all stakeholders to make suggestions on how they can help young people stay in school and stay away from alcohol and drugs,” President Banda said.
The Education for All campaign was re-launched with a view to preventing child alcohol and drug abuse. Speaking shortly after the launch at a briefing held by Kenya Airways, Ms. Siliya commended Kenya Airways for the support rendered to the campaign.
“We are grateful to Kenya Airways for the response they gave us when we approached them about the campaign. We believe that the private sector has a key role to play in promoting education for all”, she said.
Nine lucky but deserving Zambian pupils will fly via Kenya Airways to attend a week long education exchange programme in Nairobi. The pupils were chosen from nine provinces by their Provincial Education Officers based on their commitment to education.
In identifying them, the provincial education officers said the children had overcome all odds and continued with their schooling.
Kenya High Commissioner to Zambia Dr. Kipyego Cheluget and renowned Zambian cleric Bishop Joshua Banda were among the dignitaries present at the re-launch of the campaign.