Airtel Nigeria, Unicef celebrates World Children’s Day, state commitment for Digital Learning

(Last Updated On: 2022-11-28)

As part of events commemorating World Children’s Day, Airtel Nigeria and UNICEF invited Augusta Anuguo (‘Esther,’ the differently abled child actress featured in Airtel’s current TV commercial, ‘Esther.’

Miss Anuguo had the uncommon honor of acting in the position of Airtel Nigeria’s CEO and MD, Surendran Chemmenkotil, at the event at the Airtel Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos.

She notably spearheaded an advocacy campaign for Nigerian children, particularly the differently abled, as she signed a policy for Airtel Nigeria to continue to explore possibilities that would accelerate digital learning for all children in the country, regardless of ethnicity, geography, or ability.

In response, the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmenkotil, assured her of the company’s commitment to digital learning in Nigeria.

“Airtel Nigeria joins UNICEF and the entire world to mark the World Children’s Day. As a company, Airtel is committed to Nigerian children and will continue to support initiatives that will create a better future for all children. We are happy to mark this day with Esther as well as all Nigerian children and we shall continue to support platforms and initiatives that will lead to better future for all children in our dear country, Nigeria, he said.

The CEO also awardedthe sum of N1.5m to young Anuguoto support her education and her advocacy for Nigerian children as a key influencer.

“I am also happy to offer Miss Anuguo a scholarship of N1.5m to support her education. This gesture is to encourage her to continue her advocacy for differently abled children as she champions their cause as a key influencer.Thank you for all you do, Anuguo.,” he said.

World Children’s Day, formerly known as Universal Children’s Day, was created in 1954 and is observed on November 20th each year to promote international unity, awareness among children worldwide, and the improvement of children’s welfare.

November 20th is a significant occasion since it is the date on which the United Nations General Assembly approved the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It is also the date on which the United Nations General Assembly ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day has also commemorated the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

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