Kenya: Young Kenyan Scientists Get 9 Million Shillings Boost With Blaze By Safaricom

Nairobi – Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) received a 9 million shillings boost from BLAZE by Safaricom ahead of its 4th annual national science and technology exhibition for high school students.

This year’s exhibition will run virtually October 5-8, 2021 and follows a successful online adaptation of YSK’s outreach and mentorship program.

It will feature 111 projects from 214 students from 30 counties, an increase from last year’s edition which included 64 projects from 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 unimaginable a few years ago. By partnering with YSK, we want to change perceptions and make STEM courses more attractive for young people to pursue, ”said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom PLC.

In addition to the sponsorship of 9 million shillings, BLAZE by Safaricom will also provide 750,000 shillings of airtime and reward each of the top two winners with smartphones, while the second and third place students will each receive a headset.

“The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Securing Our Future with STEM’. We are delighted with the diversity of projects we have received from all over the country. Thanks to the generous support of Safaricom, we have put in the effort considerable for inclusiveness and ensuring that no one is left behind. We are starting to see the fruits of these efforts, and I am particularly pleased to note the growing number of special schools as well as the growing number of counties represented in the exhibition, ”said Loise Kinyanjui, Executive Director of 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 in 47 counties through its outreach program.

The national exhibition, which is organized in partnership with the Department of Education, the Irish Embassy and BLAZE by Safaricom, can be accessed through YSK’s social media platforms or by visiting register.

It is part of YSK’s mandate to spur innovation among students in Kenya and complements the annual Ministry of Education Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF).

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