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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus, through its Airbus Foundation, has launched its Little Engineer programme in Kenya with 30 students simulating a launch mission into space.

The programme, which is a partnership with Little Engineer and The Travelling Telescope as well as the M-Pesa Foundation Academy, is introducing students to space exploration and enhancing understanding of the benefits and applications of space technology.

“We want to support and work with Kenyan youth whose innovative and high-tech spirit is getting stronger with many small and medium-sized companies, social entrepreneurs and local non-profit organisations,” said Andrea Debbane, executive director of the Airbus Foundation.

According to the UN, in Kenya small and medium-sized enterprises play a key role in the economic development, contributing 33.8 per cent of GDP and 81.1 per cent of employment opportunities.