Spirit of Service: Intrepid Ismaili entrepreneurs bring creative approach to increase school attendance in Kenya

Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. (Courtesy of Bamba)
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. (Courtesy of Bamba)

Three Ismaili entrepreneurs use creative business model approach to improve education and address poverty in Kenya, innovating with a Nairobi school and a local charity … the results – student attendance, grades and enrollment at the school soar, and the innovative concept receives adoption at 250 schools for 2015.

Bamba founders Al Ismaili, Shehzad Tejani and Faiz Hirani (not shown) saw an opportunity to use their company's business model to improve education and address poverty (Courtesy of Bamba)
Bamba founders Al Ismaili, Shehzad Tejani and Faiz Hirani (not shown) saw an opportunity to use their company’s business model to improve education and address poverty (Courtesy of Bamba)

Growing up as an Ismaili, you learn that education is a great way to solve a poverty crisis … in Kenya, what’s happening is 25 per cent of kids that start Primary Level 1 actually drop out by Primary Level 5.

So one quarter of the childhood population in Kenya is currently dropping out of school. When you have a stat like that, you’re looking at why this is happening, why this high dropout rate occurs.

– Al Ismaili (Bamba founder)

“Education is one of the most important tools on this earth to eradicate poverty.”

– Shehzad Tejani (Bamba founder)
“In the long run, education is the great equalizer; in the short term, however, a person’s most immediate concern is basic necessities. Conditional cash transfers will allow these students to maintain good attendance at school, and focus on the long term return of attaining a good education.”

– Faiz Hirani (Bamba founder)

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Naila Jinnah for The Ismaili. Posted on 11 December 2014


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