TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) has embarked on transformative initiatives in the fields of agriculture and STEM education in a bid to foster empowerment and inclusivity. 

Through the Kilimo Viwanda and STEM Apprenticeship programs, SBL is not only investing in the future of Tanzania’s agricultural sector but is also actively addressing gender disparities in science and technology education. 

Ms. Neema Temba, SBL’s Government Relations Manager, highlighted the company’s commitment to education, sustainability, and the growth of Tanzania’s agricultural sector. 

She emphasized the importance of ensuring that both genders are included, stating, “This initiative reflects SBL’s commitment to education, sustainability and the growth of the country’s agricultural sector while ensuring females aren’t left behind.” 

Recognizing the pivotal role of agriculture in Tanzania, contributing 30% to the GDP and empowering 70% of the population, SBL initiated the Kilimo Viwanda Program to encourage active participation, particularly among the youth.  

Over the past four years, the program has sponsored more than 200 students pursuing agricultural-related courses, creating a pool of knowledgeable professionals ready to contribute significantly to the sector. 

Ms. Temba emphasized that the Kilimo Viwanda Programme goes beyond scholarships, stating “strategic investment in the future of Tanzania’s agricultural legacy by ensuring both girls and boys are equally educated.” This aligns seamlessly with SBL’s commitment to eco-friendly practices and sustainability within the supply chain. 

In response to challenges in secondary education enrollment, especially for girls, and the under-representation of women in STEM fields, SBL established the STEM Apprenticeship program.  

Neema highlighted that the program is part of Diageo’s strategic 10-year plan, Society 2030: Spirit of Progress, actively working to uplift young women in STEM fields. 

With Tanzania having one of the lowest secondary education enrollment rates in Africa, standing at 32%, and only 25% of women working in the tech industry, SBL’s STEM Apprenticeship program becomes a beacon of change.  

By sponsoring students in higher education, the initiative aims to address the gender gap in STEM professions. 

SBL’s initiatives align with national development priorities, ensuring effective contributions to the country’s growth. Neema emphasized that SBL’s efforts are not just initiatives but a pledge to support women in science and ICT fields, actively contributing to a more inclusive and diverse society. 

SBL’s Kilimo Viwanda and STEM Apprenticeship programs exemplify corporate responsibility and commitment to inclusive education. 

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