NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – I&M Bank Foundation and Shamas Rugby Foundation have partnered to spearhead initiatives on life skills education for underprivileged children living in informal settlements.
The partnership dubbed the ‘Take Control programme’ seeks to target over 5,000 children (ages 10 to 15) in Kibera, Mathare, Kangemi, Eastlands, Korogocho and Ruiru.
The Take Control programme, funded by a Kshs 17 million grant from I&M Bank Foundation, will be implemented through training camps, seminars and workshops that will run for a period of 3 years.
In addition, I&M Bank staff members will provide mentorship programmes for the youth benefitting from the
Take Control initiative.
Shamas Rugby Foundation uses Rugby to promote the holistic development of underprivileged children and youth in urban slums and rural areas in Kenya, through life skills, education and employability programs.
Commenting on the partnership, Sarit Raja Shah, Trustee, I&M Bank Foundation noted, “At the Foundation, through the Education and Skills Development pillar, we have identified initiatives aimed at enhancing quality education and skills development amongst financially constrained youth.”
“Education access and skills development as outlined in the UN’s SDG 4, looks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, as well as promote life-long learning opportunities for all. We are therefore happy to partner with Shamas Rugby Foundation today, to roll out the Take Control Programme, as this will help mould our youth to be agents of change in our country’s socio-economic development agenda.” he added.
Key initiatives that I&M Bank Foundation has focused on in promoting quality education for the vulnerable in society include: education scholarships for bright but needy students, education infrastructure developments and refurbishments and life skills development initiatives.
The Founder, Shamas Rugby Foundation, Azim Deen, noted that “The support we will receive from I&M Bank Foundation will have a tremendous impact on the girls and boys involved in Take Control as they go through their
school life and teenage years.”
“The holistic approach of this programme will allow many to blossom into confident adults who are able to make informed decisions about critical areas in their life and thrive in society.”
Speaking at the partnership’s launch, Kihara Maina, Trustee at I&M Bank Foundation, noted, “The partnership with Shamas Rugby Foundation perfectly aligns with our mandate in education and skills development. I believe by
empowering our youth through life skills development, we are able to build character, resilience, learning and strong value systems, which will in turn help them to better understand themselves and interact with others and make better life decisions.”
“To ensure that the programme’s implementation runs seamlessly, I&M Bank Foundation will provide resources to implement the programme and will closely monitor its progress to ensure that the investment brings value to our partners,” he concluded.