The University of Nairobi (UoN) and United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two partner in various projects.
The projects identified will be funded by UNICEF and executed by C4DLab. They include the Nairobi Design Thinking School, the Nairobi Innovation Week in which UNICEF is the lead partner, the Africa Technology and Innovation Accelerator (AfTIA) where UNICEF will work with the C4DLab, providing field context and encourage child-focused innovations. In addition, through the partnership C4DLab and UNICEF will establish a Data Lab for Children which will promote research and innovation for children.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, welcomed the initiative saying UoN’s strategic thinking encourages partnerships that are of mutual benefit. Prof. Mbithi said that the University is committed to implementing the terms of agreement of the partnership. He thanked UNICEF for choosing to work with UoN, noting that the initiative will address the youth agenda in the University and the country at large.
The Representative, UNICEF Kenya, Dr. Pirkko Heinonen, said that the MoU is a way forward for the partnership between the two organizations. She noted that with the details provided in the designed activities for the partnership, will enable the two entities realize their mandate.
Prof. Isaace Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Student Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, DVC, Academic Affairs, Prof. William Okello-Odongo, Director, School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), Prof. Tim Waema, SCI, Dr. Tony Omwansa, Coordinator, C4DLab are among those who witnessed the signing of the MoU.