United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) partnered with Bharti Airtel’s Africa Arm to support the school children in the coronavirus affected areas and provide them access to remote learning and financial assistance to their families through mobile cash transfer.
i.Under this partnership, Airtel Africa will utilize mobile technology to support over 133 million school age children affected due to closure of schools in the Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia (13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa).
ii.Airtel Africa will provide the websites hosting educational content at zero-rate and will enable the children with remote access to the digital content at free of cost.
iii.The cash assistance will help the families to ensure the additional support for the current health and economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.
iv.This partnership will support UNICEF’s Global Agenda for Action for children. The plan provides the outline of global actions of private and public sector partners to provide healthcare, safety and education to the children including the kids with disabilities and girls who are at risk of violence.
The United Nations Children’s Fund formerly known as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
President- Rabab Fatima
Secretary- Hai Kyung Jun
Headquarters- New York
About Airtel Africa:
CEO & MD- Raghunath Venkateswaralu Mandava
CFO- Jaideep Paul