Safaricom Gives a KES 9 Million Boost to YSK

Ahead of its 4th Annual National Science and Technology Exhibition, Safaricom has given a boost of KES 9 Million to Young Scientists Kenya.

Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) has received a KES 9 million boost from BLAZE by Safaricom ahead of its 4th Annual National Science and Technology Exhibition for secondary school students.

This year’s exhibition will be conducted virtually from 5th to 8th October 2021 and follows a successful online adaptation of YSK’s outreach and mentorship programme. It will feature 111 projects by 214 students from 30 counties, an increase compared to last year’s edition that featured 64 projects by 122 students from 21 counties.

“We recognize that in today’s world, science has helped us solve some of the most monumental societal challenges while creating opportunities that were unimaginable a few years ago. By partnering with YSK, we are keen to change perceptions and make STEM courses more attractive for young people to pursue.”

Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC

In addition to the KES 9 million sponsorship, BLAZE by Safaricom will also provide KES 750,000 worth of airtime and award each of the two overall winners with smart phones, while students in second and third positions will each receive headphones.

“The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Securing Our Future with STEM’. We are pleased with the diversity of projects we have received from all corners of the country. Through the generous support from Safaricom, we have put significant effort into inclusivity and ensuring that no one is left behind. We are beginning to see the fruits of these efforts, and I am particularly pleased to note the increasing number of Special Needs Schools as well as the growing number of counties represented at the exhibition.”

Loise Kinyanjui, Executive Director, YSK

Young Scientists Kenya is a unique platform for young people to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Since 2018, YSK has reached over 100,000 students from all 47 counties through its outreach programme.

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