UNICEF Kenya, Safaricom Sign 2 Year Pact on Protection of Children Online

UNICEF Kenya, Safaricom Sign 2 Year Pact on Protection of Children Online

Safaricom PLC Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Stephen Chege (left) and Deputy Representative-Programs UNICEF Kenya Jean Lokenga (right) during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding announcing of a partnership for children in education, child protection and emergencies at Micheal Joseph Center, Nairobi

Safaricom is teaming up with UNICEF Kenya for two years on the priority areas of children’s education, child protection, and emergency response in a new partnership.

The new partners have pledged to work together to ensure children can access the Internet at school, are protected from violence and abuse, and receive life-saving information during droughts, floods, and disease outbreaks.

In addition, the partnership brings together UNICEF’s expertise in children’s rights, advocacy and programme work with Safaricom’s range of products, services and ability to reach and communicate with a large audience. 

UNICEF Kenya Deputy Representative Jean Lokenga said. “By working together, we can drive transformational change for children and their families and collectively deliver results that benefit communities across the country.”

“Our partnership with UNICEF incorporates new areas of mutual interest, such as online safety for children, as well as connecting schools to the Internet,” said Steve Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom. “We are particularly excited about joining the ‘Spot it, Stop it’ campaign which aims to protect children from all forms of violence and abuse, including online abuse.”

UNICEF Kenya and Safaricom’s partnership is in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 17, which encourages partnerships for sustainable development and anchored in a shared value partnership approach.