Kwale, 10th July 2017…Over 950 students from Kwale County in high-school, colleges and university have benefited from mining company Base Titanium’s scholarship and bursary programme. Since 2014, the programme has seen over KES 150 million in funds disbursed to support the programmes beneficiaries.
While speaking to the media, a parent from Wasini, Mr. Hilal Kassim said that, “We are very grateful to Base Titanium for the assistance they have given us so far. It would have been hard for us as parents to do this alone but now there is great hope in the future of our children.” Mr. Hilal’s daughter is now in her third year studying Education at Kenyatta University.
The scholarship programme is part of a negotiated Community Development Management Plan (“CDMP”) between Base Titanium, the community and Kwale County Government. The CDMP has been aligned with the Kwale County Integrated Development Plan and culminated in the signing of a MoU with the Kwale County Government highlighting areas of cooperation. The CDMP is now known as a Community Development Agreement (CDA) in the recently enacted Mining Act 2016 and is now a regulation requirement by mining license holders.
Mr. Pius Kassim, the Community Affairs Manager at Base Titanium said, “We have seen great impact in the three years since we began the programme, and we now have grown to support 253 students in colleges and universities as well as another 558 students in high schools. A further 150 students have been supported on a one off short-term basis.”
Mr.Kassim added that investing in Kwale youth is one of the key pillars in Base’s community programmes. He said that, “We want to have an empowered Kwale youth that will have a cutting edge to compete fairly in the national and international labour market.”
The company has now set aside close to KES 75million in its 2017-2018 budget to support the scholarship programme that will cut across all the four sub-counties in Kwale County and Likoni Sub-County in Mombasa County.
The company runs other youth programmes tailor-made for Kwale county that include: A three -year apprentice programme run in partnership with the Technical University of Mombasa and a three-month internship programme both which the youth are embedded at the mining firm.