The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the UBA Foundation has said its quest is to educate and empower African youths.
To this end, the foundation visited Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School in Nairobi to donate over 500 copies of the book The Fishermen (by Chigozie Obioma), under the UBA Foundationâ€™s Read Africa Initiative.
The initiative which was launched in 2011 with the aim of encouraging students to improve their vocabulary and communication skills through reading, has been changing the lives of African students across the continent for six years.
The bank explained that through the initiative, the UBA Foundation has been helping to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education.
Over a hundred thousand books and educational materials have been donated to various schools across Africa as UBA Foundation continues to traverse the continent, contributing positively to the development of African youths.
Last week, the foundation visited Emma High School in Kampala, Uganda with its Read Africa initiative before going to Kenya to read to the students at Our Lady of our Mercy School.
Present at the drive were the CEO of the UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, UBA Kenya MD/CEO Isaac Mwige, the school principle Mrs. Angwenyi and the students who got an opportunity to interact and read with the UBA Executives, share their future aspirations and ambitions.
Atta, told the students that the UBA Foundation was committed to uplifting the lives of the societies within which they operated by creating dynamic educational platforms for future generations on the continent. She also encouraged the students to read voraciously.
â€œThe pursuit of knowledge should be a lifelong activity that starts at a very young age. You should read all types of books so that you can explore and shape your own narrative,â€ she said.
UBA Managing Director/CEO Isaac Mwige further encouraged the students to cultivate an interest in reading not just the academic text books but also material outside of their course work in order to acquire knowledge.