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Cash to help youths become environmental champions – Business Leaders

September 27, 2012 No Comments »

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Youth groups in Kenya will be encouraged to get involved in economic activities that help the environment thanks to a Sh7 million donation from Barclays Kenya.

The bank has teamed up with the Centre for Environmental Action to launch the sustainable initiative which is called Barclays Smart Champs.

The cash will be used to train youth groups on subjects such as financial literacy skills, enterprise skills and life skills, while also encouraging young people to embrace environmental management practices for sustainable development.

The Centre for Environmental Action, which is a resource point focusing on environmental conservation, community empowerment and capacity building, will help Barclays to implement the scheme.

The centre’s chairman Njoroge Karanja, said:  "Through the Barclays intervention, we will be able to make significant progress in creating critical linkages between the environment, governance, natural resources, social values and the quality of life the youth led,"

Barclays’ non-executive Director, John Waweru, said: “Seventy-five percent of our country's population represents the youth and it is critical for us to come up with programs that will empower them economically and at the same time promote sustainable development."

"Barclays Kenya has been at the forefront of supporting youth initiatives through entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy. Sustainable development cannot be adequately addressed without including one very important stakeholder – the young people."

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Barclays has operated in Kenya for 95 years and currently has an extensive network of 117 branches and more than 230 ATM’s countrywide.

Its banking network is supported by Internet and mobile banking channels plus a Customer Service Centre that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

One of its corporate aims is to be associated by all stakeholders as a corporate partner who contributes towards the welfare of the communities in which we work.

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