Both private and public sector funds are mobilised to ensure that bright students in Kwale have access to secondary and tertiary level education. Base Titanium has established its own scholarship programme, managed with input from its local liaison committees, to ensure fairness and transparency in the award of its scholarships.
We provide support to pupils transitioning from public primary into public secondary schools and to tertiary level students accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning. Beneficiaries at both levels are selected through a rigorous vetting process that assures transparency and equity.
The scholarships cover tuition fees and are paid directly to the school or institution.
Our programme supports bright, but disadvantaged students from Kwale county and Likoni Sub-county. It has won accolades from both the communities and general public. It has proved to be a popular and important aspect of Base Titanium’s social investment as it provides direct benefits to community members, which is highly valued.
To December 2017, we have supported over 1,050 local students from Kwale County and Likoni Sub-County who are studying at a variety of institutions across the country. Since 2013 the company has invested 164 million shillings (US$1.6 million) in providing scholarships.
Other Community Training Initiatives
Maritime Course Training
As a community initiative geared towards improving livelihoods near the company’s ship loading facility at Likoni, Base Titanium donated a fishing boat and equipment to the Likoni Beach Management Unit (“BMU”). It also facilitated attendance of 50 members of the BMU at the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute in Tanzania to receive training in fishing and marine safety. The company’s investment in this initiative totalled 14 million shillings (US$136,000).
Forklift Operator Training
Base Titanium supported forklift operator training for 30 members of the Kibuyuni community in Likoni to improve employability and livelihoods of its neighbouring communities.
Working with Our Partners
In addition to its own educational support programme, Base Titanium works with a number of local education NGOs and institutions by providing financial support to fund various other educational programmes aimed at increasing the number of boys and girls able to access secondary and tertiary education leading to positive long-term impacts.
Hatua Likoni Hatua Likoni is an NGO based in Likoni. It operates a scholarship programme targeting low income households with high performing children. We have worked with Hatua Likoni on a number of education and medical projects since 2012 and to date Base has provided the organisation with 18 million shillings (US$178,000) for its scholarship programme and other community initiatives. These funds have supported over 200 students.
Friends for Life
Friends for Life is a locally based NGO run by a Dutch Foundation providing further education opportunities in the coastal region. Since 2013, Base Titanium has supported over 20 tertiary level students from Kwale and Mombasa through this programme to date by providing funding of 7 million shillings (US$68,000).
Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
Aiming to develop future leaders with the skills and knowledge to support positive development in their societies, the Aga Khan Academy provides learning opportunities to exceptional students from all backgrounds. While emphasising the importance of academic excellence, the programme also instills a sense of civic responsibility, leadership and the desire to give back to communities. Through Base Titanium's contribution of 1 million shillings (US$10,000), in 2017 two students from Kwale were selected through the Academy’s talent identification programme to join the 58 beneficiaries from across East Africa, including those from underprivileged backgrounds.
Al Kahf Foundation
Al Kahf is an Islamic development welfare organisation based in Ukunda, Kwale County. Through advocacy, it secures scholarships from donor organisations for tertiary level students in the region. Base Titanium has partnered with Al Kahf through provision of logistical support to over 40 students to enable them to study courses in law, medicine and business at the International University of Africa in the Sudan.
Ummah Initiative Group
The Ummah Initiative Group (“UIG”) is a local Community Based Organisation active in education, career guidance and combating Violent Extremism and Radicalisation. UIG seeks to economically empower the youth to prevent them falling prey to extremism. The partnership between Base Titanium and UIG dates back to 2012 and has so far seen more than 3,000 local youth benefit through scholarship opportunities, career guidance, gainful employment and entrepreneurship as sources of income.