Niko15 competition asks young people of Kenya to share their vision of the future

Niko15 competition asks young people of Kenya to share their vision of the future

January 15, 2015 Safaricom, the UN Millennium Campaign, Seed Institute, Save the Children Kenya, Amnesty International and VSO launch “Niko15” competition aimed at showcasing how Kenyan youth see a world free from poverty, inequality and environmental degradation.

Since the conception of the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, Kenya has seen unprecedented progress in free primary school enrolment, reductions in the number of HIV/AIDS cases and overall poverty has reduced, although only marginally.

As a new global development agenda comes into force in September 2015, “The “Niko15” targets young people who turn 15 this year.

 Launching “Niko15” will enable us to know how young people envision the Sustainable Development Goals. The 15 year olds will become adults during the life of the goals and take up the mantle of protecting the planet and all who occupy it.” said Sanda Ojiambo, Safaricom Head of Corporate Responsibility.

Access to quality education for all, health services for all, decent jobs for the youth and strong infrastructure - these are the things that Kenyans have said matter most to them, and the goals will help ensure we get them.

The new sustainable development agenda which comes into force in September 2015 will aim to tackle these problems and more. It has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people in Kenya and billions around the world.

Entries to the “Niko15” competition can be made via photography, drawings, poetry, song or short essays. The competition is open until February 15th and submissions can be made by post to The Organisers, Niko 15 Campaign, P.O. Box 27679-00506, via email or on the website


Editor's notes

Key Campaign Partners:

About Safaricom

Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof. This includes mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms. With annual revenues in excess of Kshs 100 billion, it is Kenya’s widest 3G network with a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence.

The Safaricom Foundation is a registered charitable trust, and is the Corporate Social Investment arm of Safaricom Limited. Since its inception in 2003, it has disbursed about Kshs.1.8 Billion towards various social projects that provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges.

About United Nations Millennium Campaign

The UNMC was established by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2002 in order to support citizen participation in the achieving the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000.

Since 2002 we have worked with UN partners and key global constituencies, such as civil society, parliamentarians, faith groups and youth to inspire people from around the world to take action for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Now the Campaign advocates for increased efforts to effectively promote greater support for the MDGs, as it is more critical than ever that they remain a priority in the political and public agenda. We work underlining their impact and that they continue to be a sound and worthwhile investment for all in the fight against global poverty.

Additionally, the UN Millennium Campaign is engaged in the post-2015 process

About VSO Jitolee

VSO Jitolee is registered in Kenya as an international NGO. VSO Jitolee is a federation member of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) the world’s leading independent international development organisation that utilizes volunteers to deliver high impact development projects.

VSO Jitolee’s mission is to bring people together to fight poverty, specifically focusing on:

1.       Inclusive Education: improving learning outcomes for all children with Disabilities including literacy and numeracy and issues of access.

2.       Livelihoods: supporting communities to become more economically self-sufficient and resilient against natural and human-made shocks focusing Skills for Employability and Entrepreneurship as a flagship project

3.       Responsible citizenship: building social capital and resiliency of poor/marginalized communities to encourage responsible citizenship and active participation in development.

VSO have been deeply involved with post 2015 process internationally and have also established a post 2015 advocacy presence in Kenya working though volunteers.   Globally, VSO has prioritised; the recognition of volunteerism in development and the elimination of discrimination against women and their increased participation and influence at all levels of public and political life.

About Seed Institute

The Seed Institute are a charitable organization whose mission is to inform, inspire, and mobilize community members to take action against poverty and inequality.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Amnesty’s vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

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