The UN Sustainable Development Goals have helped the SITA Air Transport Community Foundation frame our thinking and guide our decision-making when choosing which projects to support with our charity partners.

Gender Equality

Gender EqualityGender equality across Africa is complicated and often family expectations, access and cultural bias mean that the girls we meet at our SITA Foundation projects are some of the lucky ones; collectively, we all need to work hard to make the necessary changes to effect gender equality.

The young women we met at the University of Zimbabwe, via Computer Aid, struggled to get time in the computer labs, were unsafe walking there at night and often, the men dominated access to the computers. Working with Computer Aid, we created seven computer rooms in the women students’ halls of residence, and provided ICDL training to 100 women students, teachers and dorm staff. The rooms are sited in the halls, making it safe to use at all times, with easy-to-access internet and course work.

Our partner PEAS, which builds and manages schools in Uganda and Zambia, has a policy of ensuring all schools have at least 50% girls enrolled and a teaching staff made up of at least 50% women.

In South Africa, we are working with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to fund an increasing number of women students, many of whom are doing master’s and doctoral degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines. One of these women, Makhosazana Moyo, is currently completing her MSc in Aeronautical Engineering on the topic of accident investigation for drones and hopes to grow the aviation sector in Zimbabwe once she has graduated, no doubt inspiring many women to follow in her footsteps.

We are proud that that across all of our projects, 51.4% of the impact has been on women and girls – more than half of the 81,442 young people the SITA Foundation has positively benefited since 2014.

Quality Education

Quality EducationQuality Education is a critical goal for Africa, a continent likely to face a shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040. We believe that technology and bridging the digital divide will be a key enabler to conquer this challenge.

The SITA Foundation is passionate about not only providing the space and equipment needed to achieve this via our ICT Labs at schools, but also ensures that teaching staff are motivated and trained to provide quality ICT Education. We have trained  teachers, created and equipped ICT Labs and across Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation opened a computer lab at the PEAS Kampinda school will be part of the next PEAS school to be built at Mungwi, Zambia. The excitement and welcome we received from the community was fantastically overwhelming. It is moments like these, when parents and elders explain how difficult it is for their children to get to a school and how critical a local school is, we realize just how vital each action we take is to achieve Quality Education.

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