MTN Foundation

          The MTN Foundation is the corporate social investment division within MTN whose mandate is to change lives and transform communities. Our policy is to bring about meaningful, measurable and sustainable change that will lay the foundations for disadvantaged and rural communities to become more self-reliant. Our interventions place a strong emphasis on capacity-building and empowerment. The mandate of the MTN Foundation is to “Change Lives and Transform Communities”.

The MTN Foundation subscribes under four pillars:

      - Education (http://mtneducare.co.sz/)
      - Enterprise Development
      - Health
      - National Priority Areas

In alignment with MTN Foundation Group strategy, 60% of the budget is dedicated to Education projects, particularly information communication technology (ICT) and the digitization of education. Since its inception in 2006, the MTN Foundation Swaziland has existed as a function and under the auspices of the Corporate Affairs department. Though the magnitude of projects undertaken by the MTN Foundation is growing by leaps and bounds.

Partnerships:

The MTN Foundation’s ethos is to build sustainable and long term relationships with stakeholders. The MTN Foundation leverages its projects on partnerships with best in class players in the social developmental sector, with an emphasis on organisations aligned with the MTN Foundation focus areas. We also believe in Private and Public Partnerships (PPP), with a view to support and enhance the Swazi Government’s efforts to realise her socio-economic development mandate in the country. The Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Esicojeni Foundation, Imbali Foundation, World Vision, Peace Corp, Young Heroes (to name a few), have been crucial strategic partners in the implementation of the MTN Foundation projects.

21 Days of Y’ello Care Projects

The 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign is an annual employee volunteerism initiative launched by MTN Group in 2007. It aims to secure high participation levels of MTN staff in high-impact social projects in their local communities. Since its inception the campaign has successfully profiled MTN as a caring and socially responsible employer. This year will saw the continuation of ‘Investing in Education for All’ theme, with specificity on integrating ICT solutions in education. This aligns with the Government’s commitment to meeting the deadline for the global Millennium Development Goals. Over the past 6 years, 21 Days of Yello Care has subscribed to this theme.

Projects are sub-divided into two categories, namely the Main project and Supporting projects.

  • a) Main project-The main campaign should accommodate the mass participation of MTN volunteers, in a manner that creates an opportunity for staff to make a meaningful contribution to community development through a system of sustained positive benefits for communities
    The Y’ello Bricks of Hope school building fund was the main project for the year wherein the MTN team in collaboration with Y’ello Care partners undertook the construction of 7 fully fledged classrooms at Ndlaleni Primary School in the Macudvulwini constituency. The project also entailed the rehabilitation of a dilapidated boys’ hostel at the School for the Deaf primary in Siteki. The resources contributed and fundraised by the MTN Foundation were worth E2 000 000.
  • b) Supporting projects- three projects aligned to the themes below;
    • Empowering and Equipping teachers: to empower teachers, we hosted the Education Indaba for Mathematics and Special Needs Education teachers. Participating teachers were nominated by present and former students.

    • Empowering Learners: The 21 Days Literacy Boost Project is aimed at improving functional literacy rates for children by the third grade through the Basic Education Improvement Model (BEIP). The project sought to improve literacy and numeracy skills for children by the third grade in three Area Development Programmes. The key focus was to integrate a child’s acquisition of basic reading and mathematics skills. Digital content that is relevant for Grade R – 5 was provided for both teachers and students to enhance the learning process.

    • Digital Content for education: The Y’ello Connectivity 4Life project connected 3 high schools in rural communities to the internet through the provision of an offline internet database and a host of other electronic databases. The internet databases include Wikipedia, TedTalks, Project Gutenberg, Khan Academy, MITBlossoms, partial online databases, school administration software and over 50 000 electronic books.