Safaricom - 2020 Sustainable Business Report

69 INTRODUCTION OUR BUSINESS OUR MATERIAL TOPICS OUR STAKEHOLDERS CONCLUDING REMARKS We will: • For B Team, our work in 2020 and beyond will focus on growing the group of East African responsible business leaders and deepening existing initiatives and expanding our work to West Africa by building a cohort of responsible business leaders with a specific focus on responsible tax practice and emerging business leaders who are committed to sustainable business practice. We will work in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa on this. We will also continue to leverage the influencing power of our regional members alongside The B Team Leaders to advocate for ambitious private sector leadership across our agenda, and develop and grow strategic partnerships within Africa and globally that will support the realisation of African-led solutions that address African issues. • We will continue supporting communities navigating through the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Foundations. Looking ahead Our Women in Technology (WIT) programmes seek to address the issue of fewer women applying to study technology-related subjects at tertiary-level educational institutions and, even earlier, at school. Highlights from the year included: Women in Technology (WIT) programmes Technology Academy Three-month internship programme within the Technology Division. Supports female students studying STEM subjects academically, socially, and professionally. Supporting and mentoring entrants into the annual challenge that invites teams of girls from all over the world to use technology to solve real-world problems. Invites girls from three high schools from different counties (one per county) for a one-day workshop at our regional Safaricom offices. Kids Go Tech 47 in 47 High school programme WIT campus outreach programme Technovation challenge 88 candidates enrolled 10 local universities and colleges 1 international university 5 university industrial visits 513 students between 14-18 years old 1 720 high school students ±60 schools 580 kids 60 of whom were female Teaches children by introducing them to the use of interactive kits, tools and robots with an aim of enabling them to become creators of technology.