Posted on 01/08/2011 at 08:47AM
students at the Mentorship Academy
From December 13 to 17, the Kenyan Chapter of Aiducation International organised the 3rd Mentorship Academy with over 60 of our highly talented scholars participating. These week-long seminars form the non-monetary support we give our AiduFellows with the goal to aid their personal development towards becoming proactive and empowered citizens who challenge the status quo and take over responsibility to make a better Kenya.
Fortunately I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya this December and get a first hand experience on this Mentorship Academy. The lectures and sessions held were very inspirational, practical and covered many topics. On the first day, Owen Baya, Senior Deputy Registrar of the Pwani University, and Dan Mugera, Director of the School Of Public Speaking Training in Mombasa, taught the AiduFellows about important personal assets to develop like work and personal ethics, purposefulness, integrity, responsibility and motivation. Thereafter, two whole days dealt with entrepreneurship. Mr. Sirillo Muriungi, Director of the Hi-Tech Institute of Professional Studies, and Mr. Charles Muriungi, Director of CM Steel Construction Ltd., shared their experiences on topics like how to successfully manage a business empire, how to become a responsible entrepreneur and how to form a successful team. I also had the chance to hold a speech about how to write a business plan and about communication/ advertising. The fourth day was dedicated to environmental issues where Edward Mwamuye, director of COBEC (Community Based Environmental Conservation) raised awareness on the conservation of the marine environment and the management of natural resources. Through these varied sessions students gained insights on all three relevant dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and ecological change.
during a lecture