StarTimes 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).

L-R: CEO, StarTimes Nigeria, Justin Zhang & National Director, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, Eghosa Erhumwumse, during an MoU signing ceremony in Abuja.

The MOU will see StarTimes 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 Villages 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.

“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” said Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria.

Also commenting, Mr. Justin Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of StarTimes Nigeria noted that the company remains committed to empowering African youths with the right skills set to excel. “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.”

For young people in or coming out of alternative care, their first job is not only the first step towards independence but often a matter of survival – the difference between an independent life lived with dignity and a life plagued with further difficulties.

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.

About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages builds loving, stable families for children and young people in 135 countries and territories. 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.

SOS Children’s Villages model of alternative care, family strengthening and youth employability programmes, as well as schools and emergency relief efforts provide life-changing support to a million children and families worldwide every year.

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About StarTimes

StarTimes is the leading digital television operator in Africa, serving over 10 million subscribers and covering 90% of the continent’s population. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 440 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, fashion, religion and more. The company’s vision is ‘To enable every African family access, afford and enjoy digital TV’.

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