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Microsoft announces five Kenyan winners of Sh50m grant

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Technology company Microsoft has announced the final five Kenyan non-profit organisations (NGO) that will benefit
from its ongoing Sh50 million ($500,000) grant awards.

The five were selected by the public through the social media as part of the Upgrade Your World campaign launched in September by the global tech giant.The organisations; Africa Yoga Project, AIESEC Kenya, Beacon of Hope Africa, Kids Comp Camp and Vision Africa, received votes from the public to get Sh5 million ($50,000) each, bringing the total beneficiaries in Kenya to 10.

We admire the great work done by the 10 Kenyan NGOs in their respective causes and look forward to working with them” said Kunle Awosika, Microsoft Kenya country manager.

The global initiative is rewarding 100 local NGOs making an impact in Kenya and nine other countries. As part of the selection, Microsoft pre-identified 50 organisation – five in each country – to receive the initial Sh50 million while the remaining were selected through voting on social media.

In the first phase of the campaign, The African Centre For Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), Homeboyz Foundation, I Choose Life – Africa and inABLE were the recipients.

Upgrade Your World is part of the tech company’s contribution to local communities worldwide. Microsoft and its employees donate more than $1 billion (Sh100 billion) each year to more than 100,000 NGOs around the world.

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TEDx Kilimani

ted16In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.   The first TEDx Kilimani event, fittingly themed, ‘The Next Chapter’ was held at the Braeburn High school on the 7th of June 2014. The speakers included Heshan De Silva, Billy Sankei, Mark Kaigwa, Esmeralda De Souza, Rabbia Hawa, Denis Ndavi and Jabari Smith.   It was a great success with all the participants enjoying themselves thoroughly having listened to these seasoned agents of change share their varied experiences.


Tuko works launch

works4Statistically, there are nearly 200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 on the African continent. They representing 60% of the total population and 45% of labor force. The reality is; despite the large percentage of able-bodied youth, unemployment is still a huge concern. Kenya’s youth unemployment rates are several times higher than the rate among adults and particularly high in cities and among females*.

On June 11th, Microsoft Corporation and the Homboyz Foundation introduced an online portal called TukoWorks. The website aims to provide Kenyan youth with free resources, training, career guidance services, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Kenyan youth will easily access information on job opportunities and entrepreneurship on the www.tukoworks.co.ke portal. “The introduction of the portal was necessitated by the need to bridge the information gap for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and school leavers by providing a network of accessible opportunities on various openings as well as necessary training on how to start a new enterprise. Our aim is to match the right skills to appropriate jobs, equip youth with the necessary training, tools and knowledge required to succeed in their desired jobs.” said Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika.

 

Kenya is the second country to develop YouthWorks in sub-Saharan Africa. With youth unemployment continuing to be a problem in many African countries, Kunle said that individuals, governments and the private sector should play a collective role in creating jobs.

 

Speaking during the launch, Homeboyz Foundaton Chairman Myke Radar said, “Many young people have little or nor skills and are therefore largely excluded from a productive economic and social life. Those that have some education often exhibit skills irrelevant to current demand in the labor market, leading to a situation where educational and skill requirements are increasing and thus resulting in millions of unemployed and underemployment youth.”

 

Key features of the website include;

Career guidance tools – these assessments will support youth in their self-awareness to identify the skills they need to develop to be successful in their career, and will help link them to the appropriate career advisors, training and opportunities.

 

Job matching – jobs, internships, and volunteer postings easily automated online, with job preparation resources on CV and cover letter writing, interviews and workers’ rights and responsibilities.

 

Extensive training options – for different skills, customized to specific target groups and jobs, and in categories such as IT skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills and language skills.

 

Mentoring and volunteering matching – leveraging various alumni networks and corporate, and non-corporate and individual support.

 

Social media integration – capturing real-time feedback of young leaders and job seekers, as well as employers, which can identify training gaps compared to requirements.

Statistically, there are nearly 200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 on the African continent. They representing 60% of the total population and 45% of labor force. The reality is; despite the large percentage of able-bodied youth, unemployment is still a huge concern. Kenya’s youth unemployment rates are several times higher than the rate among adults and particularly high in cities and among females*.

On June 11th, Microsoft Corporation and the Homboyz Foundation introduced an online portal called TukoWorks. The website aims to provide Kenyan youth with free resources, training, career guidance services, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Kenyan youth will easily access information on job opportunities and entrepreneurship on the www.tukoworks.co.ke portal. “The introduction of the portal was necessitated by the need to bridge the information gap for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and school leavers by providing a network of accessible opportunities on various openings as well as necessary training on how to start a new enterprise. Our aim is to match the right skills to appropriate jobs, equip youth with the necessary training, tools and knowledge required to succeed in their desired jobs.” said Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika.

 

Kenya is the second country to develop YouthWorks in sub-Saharan Africa. With youth unemployment continuing to be a problem in many African countries, Kunle said that individuals, governments and the private sector should play a collective role in creating jobs.

 

Speaking during the launch, Homeboyz Foundaton Chairman Myke Radar said, “Many young people have little or nor skills and are therefore largely excluded from a productive economic and social life. Those that have some education often exhibit skills irrelevant to current demand in the labor market, leading to a situation where educational and skill requirements are increasing and thus resulting in millions of unemployed and underemployment youth.”

 

Key features of the website include;

Career guidance tools – these assessments will support youth in their self-awareness to identify the skills they need to develop to be successful in their career, and will help link them to the appropriate career advisors, training and opportunities.

 

Job matching – jobs, internships, and volunteer postings easily automated online, with job preparation resources on CV and cover letter writing, interviews and workers’ rights and responsibilities.

 

Extensive training options – for different skills, customized to specific target groups and jobs, and in categories such as IT skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills and language skills.

 

Mentoring and volunteering matching – leveraging various alumni networks and corporate, and non-corporate and individual support.

 

Social media integration – capturing real-time feedback of young leaders and job seekers, as well as employers, which can identify training gaps compared to requirements.