Re&Act’s goal of this partnership with Aiducation was 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 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.
Currently, 78 students are enrolled and will graduate in April 2022—delay due to Covid-19 related school closures. Unfortunately, two students were not able to stay on track with their peers. Two other students were given the scholarships, and will graduate by November 2022.
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.