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Airtel targets financial inclusion, digital learning scheme

Airtel Nigeria has said it will now focus on empowering Nigerians with digital learning and providing access for more people to be financially included in…

Airtel Nigeria has said it will now focus on empowering Nigerians with digital learning and providing access for more people to be financially included in Season 7 of its Touching Lives Project. 

The CEO of the company, Surendran Chemmenkotil, who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos, said the company will be working closely with the Nigerian government to achieve its aims in that regard.

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According to Chemmenkotil, the Airtel Touching Lives Initiative is an opportunity for the telco to further connect with the several communities where they serve as well as focus on Airtel Africa’s sustainability agenda.

He said: “Last year, Airtel Africa announced an ambitious sustainability agenda with a strong focus on providing access to digital learning for underprivileged children, working closely with the government to uplift the standard of primary education through the adoption of schools and providing access via financial inclusion to the underbanked and unbanked.

“To implement this agenda, Airtel Nigeria, through Season 7 of the Airtel Touching Lives programme, will mostly seek causes and opportunities that speak broadly and primarily to digital and financial inclusion as well as the adoption of schools.”

Recounting the previous season, Chemmenkotil noted that: “In the last season of the programme, one of the biggest projects we embarked on was the adoption of Government Day Nursery and Primary School in Gombe State under our Adopt-a-School programme, bringing our adopted schools in Nigeria to seven.”