Prudential launches initiative to educate girls and people with disabilitiesJanuary 24, 2017
Prudential Zambia and the international charity Camfed have launched a pioneering initiative to educate people with disabilities and young women in rural Zambia.
The initiative, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Education, will provide financial support, counselling and a mentoring programme to enable a total of 1000 participants to attend secondary school over the next five years.
Prudential will launch the mentorship programme by drawing on the expertise of the Camfed Alumni Association, a support network of young women which has more than 17,000 members throughout Africa. Participants in the initiative will also be granted internships at Prudential’s headquarters in Lusaka.
Matt Lilley, Chief Executive of Prudential Africa, said: “We have a long track record of investing in our communities throughout the world and have now turned our attention to Zambia. Our initiative will provide a vital education for people with disabilities and young women in rural Zambia, who sometimes are not given the opportunity to attend secondary school. We look forward to working with Camfed and wish all of the participants every success.”
Krishnaswamy Rajagopal, Chief Executive of Prudential Zambia, said: “This initiative demonstrates our commitment to Zambia and our determination to ensure as many people as possible fulfil their potential. We are delighted that we are able to equip them with vital skills and are able to leave a legacy that will benefit generations to come.”
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About Prudential plc
Prudential plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world’s leading financial services groups, serving around 24 million insurance customers. It has US$751.7 billion of assets under management. Prudential plc is listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
About Prudential Life Assurance Zambia
Prudential Zambia is a licensed long-term insurer, pension fund manager and pension scheme administrator. Professional Life writes and transacts long-term insurance including individual life assurance, group life assurance, credit life assurance, funeral insurance, health insurance and managed health care schemes, annuities and group pensions. The company has 12 branches and sales offices in Livingstone, Choma, Mazabuka, Lusaka, Kabwe, Chipata, Kasama, Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola, Lumwana and Solwezi.
Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become CAMA alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programmes have benefitted over 3.5 million children in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. In 2014, Camfed was recognised by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale.
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