London calling Part 3: Side trip to Switzerland

Posted on 07/31/2017 at 01:14PM

Written by Bryna Teli and Kerstin Hockmann. Edited by Valerie Schoepfer.

AiduAlumni Bryna and Lynda, who are currently doing an internship at Swiss Re in London, visited the Aiducation team in Switzerland last month for an intercultural and social exchange. The highlight of the four-day stay was the General Assembly and Get Together at the HUB in Zurich on 24 June, where the two entrepreneurial ladies talked about their paths of lives with and beyond Aiducation. We aked Bryna to share her experiences of her stay in Switzerland with us.

Summer in Switzerland is good. Meaning its the best! Amazing temperatures (we could all use 30 degrees after a cold winter, couldn’t we?), a swim in Lake Zurich, a cruise in the clear waters; what could be better?

Bryna (left) and Lynda (right) full of energy and excitement for the experiences awaiting them in Switzerland.

But it wasn’t just all play. Lynda and I were visiting the Aiducation office in Switzerland for the Aiducation International general assembly. We had an opportunity to interact with both Aidumakers and Aiducators. Which, if you ask me, is a very important part of the journey. Its not only humbling, but exciting to meet some of the people who made our education a success, and influenced the path our lives take.

Tags: Switzerland, AiduTalent, AiduAlumni

Our highlights in 2016- take a first glimpse into our annual report

Posted on 07/08/2017 at 12:21PM

The Aiducation Communications team has been hard at work to bring you our Annual Report 2017. AiduFriends, AiduPartneres and AiduMakers will receive a digital copy shorty. Take a first glimpse into the report and enjoy reading an advance publication of our highlights 2016.

  • Filipino medical student and AiduAlumna Marie Gene and AiduAlumnus Sora from Kenya visited Switzerland for two weeks and performed an internship at the Gesundheitszentrum Fricktal. Sora also participated in the Career Fair for African Talent in Fribourg.

  • AiduAlumna Byrna and Lynda started a one-year internship in various departments of Swiss Re in London.

  • Together we awarded 224 scholarships in 2016. Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

  • Outstanding KCSE results by our AiduFellows: We are extremely happy that a dazzling 93% of our 123 AiduFellows attained the minimum university entry qualification of C+ and above. Even more, it was a record year of “A’s” of our AiduFellows.

  • We held nine successful academies in Kenya and the Philippines together with our partners Lions Club Basel Wenkenhof, Swiss Re and Swiss Re Foundation, Symphasis, FKM Management Consultants, Gemeinde Riehen, Gesundheitszentrum Fricktal and Tarom Foundation (Economy Weeks in the Philippines).

  • By the end of 2016, the Start-up Fund had invested into eleven start-ups since its inception in late 2014. Some of them are thriving, others are scratching, some have closed down already. The highlight was the spice producer Taste Afrique/ Chibundiro which received significant media attention when they won the Runner-up award in a Panafrican start-up competition.

  • The first Swiss Re Corporate Career Academy with ten companies presenting and offering internships took place in December in Nairobi. It proved to be a fantastic concept that will also be implemented in the future.

  • Our homepage is now also available in French:

Tags: Background, Impact

High school students Allyson and Simon shared their talents to raise money

Posted on 06/29/2017 at 11:47AM

More than one year after their first concert, high school students Allyson and Simon from Basel gave another Charity Music Concert to share their musical talents and raise money for their Philippine AiduSeeker AiduSeeker Rica. The event, which was co-organized by Aiducation, took place at the Music Academy in Basel and was again a great success.

Alysson started to play the violin when she was only five years olds, and by age 12 music was her primary passion. Simon started when he was seven years old and after playing piano and guitar for a few years, his love for music grew and he plans to dedicate his future life to music. We are honored at the two students have chosen to partner with Aidauction as we both share the same belief in the power of education.

Tags: Switzerland, AiduEvent

"Hi, come closer, meet Bryna" - Aiducation's new animation clip

Posted on 06/29/2017 at 10:54AM

We are exceptionally proud to share with you our new animation video which outlines the concept and core idea of Aiducation International. A big thank you to all the people involved who made this happen. Especially and most of all Michaela Šťavová.

Tags: Background story

New President of the Alumni Organisation: “Build a better Kenya, build a better world”

Posted on 05/30/2017 at 11:59AM

Written by Kerstin Hockmann, Aiducaton Communications.

Aiducation is proud to announce our new President of the Alumni Organisation, Andrew Kadzoyo. In his acceptance speech, Andrew emphasised that the organisation is not about the success of a single person, but about what everyone contributes as part of the Aiducation network: “We are one family. We are going to remain united, we are going for an inclusive process and everyone is to be involved. We will do this. Build a better Kenya, build a better world!”

New President of the Alumni Organisation: Andrew Kadzoyo.

Andrew is set to take over from outgoing President Obrein Telly, to whom we are strongly indebted for this outstanding work during the past few years. The election process was completely online, with the campaigns and voting process hosted by the electoral board. “Congratulations all those who participated, both the contestants and the voters, who conducted these elections in a very mature, able and enviable manner to be copied not only in Africa but everywhere in the world”, Jeremy Kambi, CEO Aiducation Kenya, says. “This election made my heart bleed with joy: It’s the fulfillment of a long-live dream about long-live Aiducation.”

New President Andrew was the first in his family of seven to finish secondary school. scored a clean A in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) in 2012 and managed to be the best student in Kilifi County. In 2014, Andrew started to study Commerce at the University of Nairobi, despite severe problems with financing his studies. Thanks to his creative and entrepreneurial mind, he is now able to cover university fees with an import-export business where he buys sandals at the coast and sells them in Nairobi.

Tags: AiduTalent, AiduAlumni, Impact, Kenya