ADDIS ABEBA – Ethio telecom has launched on Tuesday a 16-million-birr financial aid program to support more than 4,000 underprivileged university students.
The students will be chosen from 45 Universities located across the country, Frehiwot Tamiru, CEO of Ethio Telecom, told participants of the launching event held at Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The aid package for the students includes pocket money and education materials, according to Frehiwot.
Members of the lower and upper House of parliament and presidents of Universities took part in the launching event of the financial aid program.
Prof. Dejene Ayele, president of Wolkite University, said many students face challenges that need to be solved through corporate social responsibility.
“We need to look into these challenges and help each other to resolve them,” he said.
Ethio Telecom has been providing financial aid for different organizations and communities since 2014.
Its CEO urged more institutions and individuals to follow Ethio telecom’s suit and engage as corporate social responsibility.
About 32,974 students including school uniforms, bags have been offered at the beginning of the current fiscal year.
By Mhret G/Kristos
Image Caption: CEO of Ethio Telecom Frehiwot along with officials of public universities at the launching event on Tuesday