The University of Nairobi and United Nations Children’s Development Fund (UNICEF) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will enable the two collaborate and partner in various projects. The projects identified are: Design Thinking School, the Nairobi Innovation Week, the Africa Technology and Innovation Accelerator (AfTIA)
The projects will be funded by UNICEF and put into effect by C4D lab whereby they will also provide field context and encourage child-focused innovations. They will also establish a Data Lab for Children which will help promote research and innovation for children.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi said the university’s strategic thinking is to encourage partnerships of mutual benefits. The VC also confirmed that the university is committed to implementing the terms of agreement of the partnership.
UNICEF Representative in Kenya, Dr. Pirkko Heinonen, noted that the partnership will enable the two organization realize their mandate and also the signed MOU is a way forward for the partnership between the University and UNICEF.
Present during the signing was Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Student Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, DVC, Academic Affairs, Prof. Okello-Odongo, Director, School of Computing and Informatics Dr. Tony Omwansa, Coordinator, C4DLab among others.