According to the United Nations, Education is essential in achieving all the other Sustainable Development Goals, as education is the foundation for continuous advancement. Education is not simply a privilege; it is a fundamental right and a vital engine for progress. Despite its undeniable importance, access to quality education remains a global challenge hindering potential and perpetuating cycles of poverty.

The Optiven Foundation is a private charitable organisation that aims to transform the lives of underprivileged. Supported by 4 pillars, the Foundation works to impact institutions, communities and individuals through sustainable social economic programs to advance ideas.

Education and job readiness is a core initiative focusing on empowering underprivileged Kenyan youth through access to quality education. Through its flagship scheme, the “Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program” provides comprehensive support to bright but financially restrained students. It is a beacon for hope for deserving but financially tethered students.

The program is a valuable initiative that has great benefits that include tuition fees for the students throughout the year, we have invested in buying lockers and also other essential items like geometrical sets. “Keep a girl” in school works to identify teenage girls and donations of sanitary towels as research has suggested 65% of women are unable to afford sanitary towels leading to risk of exploitation.   Day school interventions by the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program means that the initiative caters for both day and boarding schools expanding reach to diverse communities.

Moses Sapuro is one of the success stories of the Education and Job Readiness who was identified in the thicks of Kajiado county and through the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program, he was able to finish primary join secondary and now at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. This is among the success stories that works to show that the Optiven Foundation throughout their coordinator are enabling vulnerable students to acquire education.

International Day of Education is observed on January 24th annually and is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the international community to ensure inclusive and equitable quality learning for all. The theme for 2024 states “Learning for lasting peace” and reflects on the urgent need to promote education as a tool for building a culture of peace.

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