Following a recently signed MoU between StarTimes Nigeria and SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, the CEO of StarTimes Nigeria, Mr Justin Zhang, has paid a courtesy visit to the SOS Children’s Village programme in Gwagwalada.
The Visit on Tuesday 7th August 2018, which was mainly for the Management of StarTimes Media in Nigeria to familiarize themselves with the operations of SOS Children’s Villages and to interact first-hand with the children and staff of one of the four SOS Village programmes in Nigeria, is designed to kick-start the relationship between both oganisations.
Digital Television Company StarTimes Media and SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the two organizations partner towards supporting vulnerable families, with an emphasis on the empowerment of young adults, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
An MoU which was signed last week in Abuja will see StarTimes Nigeria support SOS Children’s Villages programmes in Nigeria, specifically in broadening local learning opportunities and extending diverse industry experiences to youths from SOS Children’s Village programmes. This will include technical and vocational skills training and mentorship, while driving access to digital television in the programmes and exposing beneficiaries to learnings on the StarTimes platform.
Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria said ”by partnering with StarTimes, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria is helping to improve the lives of young people in the country and helping them realize and utilize their unique gifts, and this is in cognizance of the YouthCan project which was launched by SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria in 2017”.
While commenting, the CEO of StarTimes Media in Nigeria, Mr. Justin Zhang noted that StarTimes Nigeria remains committed to empowering African youths with the right skills set to excel. He said, “Since we commenced providing affordable digital Pay-Tv in Nigeria, we have invested heavily in the development of youths and children in the country. Partnering with SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria gives us a better opportunity to drive our CSR effort towards making Nigerian youths more competitive globally in their chosen career by affording them a quality learning ground.”
In Nigeria, statistics show that 42 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the total population. Demographic rates are growing fast, which will increase the pressure the country faces in terms of job creation. Of this, youth make up 81.2% of the working-age population, but 33.1% of the total number of unemployed.
SOS Children’s Villages builds stable families for children and young people in 135 countries and territories around the world. With almost 70 years of experience, they are the largest non-governmental organisation dedicated to the care of children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care.