Digital TV firm StarTimes Media and SOS Children’s Villages International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two organizations partner towards supporting Kenyan youth through vocational training.
The MoU will see StarTimes support SOS Children’s Villages programmes in Kenya through broadening local learning opportunities and extending technical training and career opportunities in enabling beneficiaries to kick-start their entry into the job market.
The SOS Children’s Villages partnership represents a strategic effort to facilitate the entry of youth into the job market while giving them the means to create a sustainable future for themselves and society.
(TOP: StarTimes CEO, David Zhang – left – and Walter Odhiambo, the SOS Children’s Villages National Director during the signing of the MoU).
Speaking during the signing ceremony, StarTimes CEO, David Zhang, noted that the brand made a commitment of empowering the youth during the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Rwanda last year and the partnership with SOS will therefore go a long way towards achieving envisaged objectives.
“StarTimes is committed towards empowering the Kenyan youth and facilitating their entry, growth and development through extending mentorship and training opportunities. This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages is therefore very strategic, as we look forward towards imparting knowledge and skills to the next generation of our leaders,” noted Zhang.
In this context, SOS Children’s Villages will share resources, skills and knowledge as far as youth employability and capacity building is concerned towards the implementation of the MoU.
Walter Odhiambo, the SOS Children’s Villages National Director noted: “Partnerships make our work possible. We can only accomplish what we do for children, young people and families thanks to the generosity, commitment and amplification of our message by corporate partners such as StarTimes. In Kenya, SOS Children’s Villages works closely with a wide range of companies and partners who have a vested interest in improving the lives of the communities they are working in. As a result, the impact of our work is stronger and more sustainable”.