, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3 – This year’s Airtel Rising Stars national championships ended on a green note with Airtel Kenya organizing a tree planting exercise at Machakos Boys High School in Machakos County.
The school was the venue for a week-long ARS national championship.
The exercise brought together the company’s employees from the region, Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and 20 schools that participated in the ARS tournament. At least 100 various varieties of tree species were planted around the environs of the school.
The exercise is part of Airtel’s initiative to contribute to the protection and conservation of the environment and support the government’s efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goal no 7 of ensuring environmental sustainability.
In a statement, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said that the company’s pride is always making a positive contribution to the society.
“I would like to thank the team that planned and took part in the tree planting exercise, a creative idea of concluding this year’s Airtel Rising Stars championships, a talent search tournament that continues to cement its place as the most consistent supporter of grassroots football in Kenya.
Adil added that the company is committed to not only nurturing young talent, but also integrating the principal of sustainable development into practice of doing things and ensuring our youth grow into passionate and responsible citizens.
The school’s Principal, Masaku Mwiya appreciated Airtel’s gesture and its concern for the environment. He said that the school will ensure that each student adopts and waters at least one tree daily, to maintain the planted trees.
Planting trees is the primary and foremost solution to most of the environment-related problems. We know the scientific importance of trees and its economic use and we are determined to ensure that the plants are taken care of. Airtel’s efforts will not go to waste,” he said.