The impact of Nedbank’s recent philanthropic investment is extraordinary.
We are absolutely delighted to partner with Nedbank Zimbabwe to launch our first Innovation Hub outside of Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. The Nedbank Innovation Hub is located in the Emganwini township, not far from Bulawayo’s city center where we’re hosted by Zara’s Center, a community based NGO focused on critical food, health and education projects for some of Emganwini’s most underprivileged youths.
Expanding into Bulawayo is a key part of the strategic plan for Uncommon.org. Proving that we can operate effectively across cities is a crucial milestone to achieve for our young EdTech start-up. We’re grateful to Nedbank Zimbabwe for believing in our mission and paving the way for our growth throughout Zimbabwe and the region.
About the Nedbank x Uncommon.org collaboration, Managing Director Dr. Sibongile Moyo had this to say, “When we first learned about Uncommon.org, we knew this was a mission we had to support. Not only are we happy to invest in technology education and workforce development, we’re eager to begin placing graduates from our Hub!”
While the exact details of the partnership are confidential, securing Nedbank’s sponsorship is a major milestone in our non-profit’s path to sustainability.
In addition to designing, building and marketing websites for clients (Hire Uncommon!), we provide physical and digital branding opportunities of our Innovation Hubs to corporate partners looking to invest in access to technology education and workforce development.
Not only does Nedbank Zimbabwe now have a beautiful space that directly associates their brand with education and positive, community level investment, we will also be branding all of the learning materials and certificates that leave the Hub and enter local households.
On average, 1,000 students from the schools near our Innovation Hub will go through our after school coding program each year. That means roughly 1,000 households (est. 5,000+ family members) with certificates on the wall indicating that their child’s computer coding education was paid for by Nedbank Zimbabwe.
The volume and quality of impressions here is amazing and we can’t wait to help Nedbank reach new clients and customers through investing in Uncommon, and investing in education.
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