In celebration of World Children’s Day marked on 20th November, each year, Airtel Uganda, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted pupils of St. Posiano Kyamula at Airtel Uganda Offices and tipped them on how to prepare for future roles, and the skillsets required to excel in the workspaces they will be employed in time to come.
This year the celebrations centered on the theme “Inclusion, For Every Child,” highlighting the need to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
World children’s day was established in 1954 and adopted in 1989 by UN General Assembly to promote international togetherness, and awareness among children worldwide, while improving their welfare.
Through its adopted school program, Airtel Uganda selected children between the age of 5-11 years from St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School to visit Airtel Uganda Offices and assume selected roles for different staff members for the day.
The children were also tipped on the working skills of the different roles and responsibilities in the company, preparing them for their future careers.
Commenting on the initiative, Manoj Murali, the Managing Director at Airtel Uganda, said, “Children are the future leaders who will hold key positions of influence in our society, and as Airtel Uganda, we innovate with them in mind so that equitable education can be realized.
As part of the day’s activities, the children were divided into different departments to undertake different roles like service center agents, directors, and managerial positions as Airtel staff provided guidance. They similarly attended a training session on career guidance and toured Airtel premises.
Speaking on behalf of UNICEF Uganda, Rosemary Rugamba Rwanyange, the Unicef Uganda, Education Specialist in charge of quality and inclusive education applauded Airtel Uganda for their support towards expansion of access to digital learning.
As part of its social corporate responsibility and investment, Airtel has invested and extended support to children through programs like The Airtel – Adopt a school program which recognizes the best-performing students at the beneficiary schools with scholastic materials including; bedding and stationery to support them as they start their ordinary level or secondary school journey.
In addition, 14 public libraries across the country were also powered with fast 4G internet, to enable e-learning and literacy, which has improved learning experiences and kept children well-informed about schoolwork.