Airtel, Global Peace Foundation reach out to students with Innovation boot camp

Airtel Kenya and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) hosed the LEAP Hub Innovators Boot Camp dubbed ‘Raising Moral and Innovative Leaders for Economic Growth’ on August 16 – 17, 2016 at Alliance High School, Kiambu County.

The Boot Camp exposed up to 60 Leadership and Entrepreneurship (LEAP) Hubs Students from 12 schools from 5 counties to mentorship and constructive criticism which will nurture their best ideas for investment opportunity. The boot camp will feature expert presentations on fundamental entrepreneurship skills including opportunity identification, business plan basics, and funding start-ups.   

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said: “We value the role that the youth play and we are committed as a private sector to support and help our youth reach their full potential.  Through our Leadership and Entrepreneurship (LEAP) Hub program in partnership with Chandaria Foundation and Global Peace Foundation, we are providing avenues for young entreprenuers to harness the power of the internet and digital tools and use it to build small businesses and make their businesses more efficient.”

“Technology is one tool that we are using to strengthen characters of these entrepreneurs by allowing them to challenge themselves to seek more knowledge and expertise online thus giving them leverage to the information, access and content that the internet provides.”

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the innovators boot camp, the Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya Daniel Juma challenged the youth to embrace the use of technology to solve challenges in our society today. He said that youth today have everything they need to succeed at their disposal and through the Youth Innovators Boot camp, GPF envisions to nurture the creativity and innovation of students whom he believes are a solution to the global unemployment menace.

The event brought together mentors from twelve different organizations which include Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK), Google East Africa, Intelsoftplus, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Taxi Chap chap, iHub, Nailab, m:Lab East Africa, Copy Cat and  eMobilis.

The two-day boot camp was graced by Cabinet Secretary ICT Joe Mucheru who lauded the organizations involved in the program for their commitment in fostering the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through a process of education and sharing their experiences with youth.

Scheduled key speakers include Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi, the Global Peace Foundation Patron Dr. Manu Chandaria, Vice President, Education division Global Peace Foundation Dr. Tony Devine and Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya Daniel Juma.

The participating schools in the bootcamp were Moi Forces Academy, Alliance High School, St. Mary’s Ukwala Boys’ High School, Mary Leakey Girls’ High School, Mariakani Secondary School, Starehe Girls’ Centre, Eastleigh High School, Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School, Machakos School, Kaimosi Girls’ High School, Precious Blood Girls’ Riruta  and Matuga Girls Secondary School.

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