Airbus Foundation Launches Youth Development Programme in Kenya
The Airbus Foundation, together with its partners, The Little Engineer and The Travelling Telescope, has launched the Airbus Little Engineer programme in Kenya.
The goal of the initiative is to encourage students between the age of 10 and 16 to understand and embrace technology, and ignite passion that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In the spirit of “think global, act local”, the Airbus Foundation is working with The Travelling Telescope, a local organisation founded by Susan Murabana and Daniel Chu Owen that helps to encourage both children and adults to learn more about astronomy.
Since its launch in 2012, the Airbus Little Engineer programme successfully positioned itself as an effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology through robotics and aerospace.
Held in partnership with the M-PESA Foundation Academy, the workshop challenged close to 30 Kenyan students to carry out a simulation of a launch mission to space, focusing on introducing students to the world of space exploration.
Like in many African countries, in Kenya the youth will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the country. With the Airbus Little Engineer initiative, the Airbus Foundation aims at supporting the countries’ efforts in creating a sustainable pipeline of talent for Africa.
Chaired by Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, The Airbus Foundation is the company’s vehicle for corporate philanthropy. It includes Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space.