Re&Act started their partnership with Aiducation in 2017, supporting their goal to provide 80 high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to secondary-school education and better opportunities to realise their full potential for themselves and for their country. The project was completed in 2021.
The scholarship included that each student joins a network of peers who meet regularly for seminars, mentorship academies, group mentoring, career rotations, start-up experiences and other support.
While primary education is free-of-charge for all children in Kenya, secondary school education is not. Therefore, thousands of students dropout of school after their first years of education.
Before the pandemic, Roche and Aiducation organised a “Mentoring Day” focusing on education and career inspiration at Roche in Nairobi for students entering their final year of secondary school. Due to the impact of COVID-19, schools were closed in Kenya between March 2020 and January 2021, however mentorship activities took place virtually.
By 2022, 78 students graduated. About one third of the students received top grades qualifying them for a free government scholarship to college. Unfortunately, two students were not able to stay on track with their peers. Two new students were given these scholarships who will graduate in 2023.
Aiducation International is an international "for impact" non-profit organization in the field of education. It sources scholarships from private persons in developed countries and awards these scholarships on a merit basis to needy students in developing countries.
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