Airtel CSR Initiatives
With a vision to become Nigeria’s most loved brand, Airtel’s concept of social responsibility is not limited to a concern with welfare schemes, charity work, or the occasional support for Health, Education, Security/Emergency, Sports, and the Arts. The company is positioned as an integral part of society, which must be socially responsible at all times in all its dealings, maintaining high ethical standards and compliance with the rules and regulations in its methods and practices of doing business.
Airtel is currently partnering with the government in the provision of education for less privileged children. As part of its social investment in Nigeria, Airtel has initiated a partnership with the Ministry of Education to build and maintain schools, where rural children across the country will be provided free education and free books. In May, 2011, the company commissioned its first Adopted School, Oremeji Primary School 2 in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ajegunle, Lagos State. The newly commissioned Oremeji Primary School 2 is a six classroom block with an office for the head teacher and water borehole with lavatory facilities for the boys and girls as well as male and female teachers. As part of the programme, Airtel also provided school uniforms, furniture, books and school bags for the children. All these were accomplished within a record time period of 3 months. Airtel intends to replicate the models in other areas in Nigeria as it recently announced its intention to adopt more schools across the geographical zones it operates.
Today, Airtel has not just earned its social license in many communities where it operates but is also leading a quiet revolution in the delivery of quality primary education across the country. It has transformed the lives of thousands of underprivileged kids, built and renovated schools from the Interiors of Ediba, a community in Cross Rivers State through Oke-Agbo, a community in Ogun State and Amumara, a community in Mbaise, Imo State to Ajegunle, popular Lagos Community. In all of these, the company has invested millions of naira completing multi-million naira renovation projects and has donated hundreds of thousands of note books, text books, school uniforms and other learning materials. While it has maintained a robust capacity building programme for hundreds of primary school teachers to ensure quality education is delivered, it has also completed borehole facilities and other facilities to make learning more enjoyable and in a much more conducive environment. Among the Airtel Nigeria Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes include:
- Airtel Touching Lives
- Adopt-a-School Program
- Employee Volunteer Scheme
- Christmas Charity Campaign, tagged “Five Days of Love”
- Partnership with Nigeria Police
- ARS (Airtel Rising Stars) – Goals for Education
Airtel Touching Lives
Airtel Touching Lives is an Airtel Nigeria Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative that uplifts the less privileged or challenged members of our society. Airtel Touching Lives is in its second season. It is Airtel little way of giving back to the society and bringing a smile to faces of those in need.
Adopt A School Programme
Airtel broke records and changed the game of CSR Investment when it announced its Adopt-a-School Program in 2011. Airtel has since pledged to literally adopt less privileged kids, offer them a world class education and provide educational materials such as books, school bags and uniforms, writing materials etc. for their well being and socio-development.
With this initiative, Airtel has adopted quite a number of schools in Nigeria, provided blocks of classrooms, bore-holes, educational materials, school uniforms and bags, power generating sets etc. as well as organize free deworming exercise and free eye screening exercise for the pupils and teachers of the schools. Among the schools adopted in this scheme inlcudes:
- Oremeji Primary School, Ajegunle, Lagos State
- Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo State
- St. John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State
- Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba, Cross-River State
- Iyeru-Okin Primary School, Offa, Kwara State
Oremeji Primary School, Ajegunle – Before Adoption
Oremeji Primary School, Ajegunle – After Adoption
Community Primary School, Amumara – Before Adoption
Community Primary School, Amumara – After Adoption
St. John’s Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo – Before Adoption
St. John’s Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo – After Adoption
Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba – Before Adoption
Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba – After Adoption
Iyeru-Okin Primary School, Offa – Before and After Adoption
Employee Volunteer Scheme
The Employee Volunteer Scheme is a platform offering staff of Airtel opportunities to directly participate in its CSR programmes through monthly financial contribution or volunteering to help the less privileged.
Through this scheme, many lives have been saved.
See some of the EVS projects in the pictures below:
Christmas Charity Campaign
Through its CSR Initiatives, Airtel visited various orphanage homes across the country during the last Christmas celebrations donating various relieve materials such as food stuffs, electronic gadgets, clothing etc. to cater for the needs of the children and also providing them with a better life. See the photos below for more details.
See Photos of Visits to various locations across the country
Partnership with the Nigeria Police
As parts of its effort to provide good livelihood for the people of Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with the Nigeria Police to help provide effective protection and security of lives and property. Efforts already made include the renovation of the Lekki Post of the Nigeria Police, where various amenities were provided for smooth operations of the unit.
See the before and after photos
ARS (Airtel Rising Stars) – Goals for Education
See photos of participating schools
Airtel CSR Documentary
Watch the video below and see how Airtel Nigeria is transforming peoples lives.