Chinese smartphone manufacturer Tecno on Friday announced a new partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fund quality primary education for thousands of refugee children in Africa.
The partnership commits Tecno to make a financial grant and provide tablets in support of the UNHCR’s global education program, Educate A Child (EAC), which has been running since 2012.
Stephen Ha, general manager of Tecno, said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the support is part of a commitment to working with local communities in Africa to create social value.
“African young people will shape the region’s future. The most vulnerable and marginalized among them are those children who have been deprived of educational opportunities. That’s why, together with UNHCR, we at Tecno are so happy to be supporting educational access for refugee children, helping them to unlock their full potential and thrive in life,” he said.
In addition to its funding support for the EAC program and in-kind donation, Tecno said, it will also engage its employees to contribute their time, knowledge and skills to the program, and provide 50,000 surgical masks to the UNHCR.
Under Phase I of the partnership, Tecno has committed to providing financial support for over 6,700 refugee children from Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya.
The funds will go toward basic expenses including textbooks, tuition, examination fees, and school uniforms.
Dadaab refugee camp was established in 1991 by the government of Kenya and the UNHCR to host refugees displaced by conflict in Somalia and elsewhere in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. It is among the world’s biggest refugee camps. Enditem