Airtel Uganda, along with the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC) recently visited Kyambogo University, as part of the MOU that was signed between the two companies to carry out a Digital Youth Empowerment Programme and training in ten universities in Uganda.
AIESEC, an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential, is the world’s largest student-run organization that focuses on developing students on a global scale into responsible and entrepreneurial leaders. It was started in Uganda in 1996 at Makerere University and currently has close to 300 members in seven universities.
The AIESEC-Airtel Digital Youth Empowerment Program was open to all the youths in Kyambogo University with the objective of enriching them with digital tools so as to be more competitive in the region and the global job market. The sessions held were interactive, with an agenda aimed to drive the audience to become more curious about the use of digital tools to solve problems around them. Quiz sessions were weaved into the program and Airtel offered prizes including 500MBs of data, smart watches and tablets to the participants.
According to Airtel Uganda Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Mrs. Charity Bukenya, “Airtel Uganda has and will always welcome ideas that focus on empowerment of the youth, not only by providing them with better telecommunications solutions, but also by giving them opportunities to better their loves through the kind of exposure that AIESEC provides.”
Similar trainings have been conducted in other universities around the country, such as Ndejje University, Uganda Martyrs University and Makerere University in Kampala. The program has trained approximately 1400 students in 9 Universities across Uganda.