Ericsson has embarked on a number of community service projects throughout its operations in Africa as part of commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day.
In Kenya, Ericsson’s staff rolled up their sleeves to undertake a number of activities at Embakasi Girls Boarding School in Nairobi bordering the informal settlements of Mukuru kwa Njenga.
Margaret Kositany, Ericsson’s Sub-Sahara Africa Director for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility said the company will providde a one year 3G connectivity for the school as part of digitalizing learning and teaching which is an integral part of Ericsson Technology for Good initiative.
“We are providing a dedicated internet link, computers, 3G routers and dongles to enable the headmistress to communicate easily with the rest of the staff and even parents where need be,” said Ms Kositany.
She said that the internet would help the students to stay connected to the rest of the world and provide them with knowledge.
During the event, the Ericsson staff gave mentored the fgirls on career counseling and tips on how to use the internet for research.
The Mandela Day celebration is a corporate social responsibility Ericsson engages in as part of initiatives to make a positive difference in the communities in which they do business. The function concurrently took place in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Nigeria and Tanzania.