|KCB Foundation holds second annual mentorship programme|
This year, the KCB scholars mentorship programme hosted over 800 high school students from all over the country. The programe, whose purpose is to inculcate leadership values whilst promoting academic excellence among the scholarship beneficiaries, takes place every once a year .
During the two-day forum at the Starehe Boys Center in Nairobi, Kenya, the students were exposed to a combination of classroom and experiential learning, supplemented by interactions with the KCB Foundation staff and invited professionals including Peak Performance.They also learnt money management and career selection.
Themed ‘I can be anything I want to be’, the programme also targeted forty differently-abled students who were also present at the forum.
BINGWA Magazine attended the concludng forum on Friday August 14 2015 whereby the Guest of Honour was Hon. Sabina Chege, the current Parliamentary Education Committee Chairperson and Muranga County’s women’s representative. Jane Mwangi the Director of KCB Foundation, Lydia Chege of the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), Matthew Kithyaka, the Director of Starehe Boys Center among others were also present.
The most important messages from the guests was that we need to look (and use) opportunities because they are what will propel us. “When you get these opportunities, ask yourself, ‘Why me? Why not others?’ Reflect and reconcile. If I wasn’t given this opportunity, where would I be? How well am I making the best use of this opportunity I’ve been given?,” posed Mr. KIthyaka of Starehe Boys Center.
Hon. Sabina’s story inspired many of us as she narrated her story. From a girl who went to primary school barefoot to working as an actress (remember Rehema of the Tausi TV Series?), a radio presenter and finally getting into politics. Today, she holds two masters degrees, is planning to do a PhD and be Kenya’s first woman president. “Avoid unnecessary things right now because things like drugs will not take you anywhere,” citing the ongoing issue of drugs in schools.
Some of the beneficiaries got a chance to present poems and songs with sign language for the sake of the differently-abled students who are also part of the programme. Of note was Benjamin Ekuwam of Lenana School. This incredible poet, who already has a collection of poems titled ‘The torture of the soul’ reminded us of the importance of starting now.
Catherine Atieno, a Form One student at Ahero Girls High School in Kisumu County was one of the beneficiaries who attended the concluding forum. A former pupil at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Ms. Atieno said she learnt a lot and interacted with others. “I learnt how to plan and use different strategies to achieve my goals.”
Kelvin Murimi, a Form Four pupil at Friends School Kakamega in Bungoma County said he learnt how to be an all round student. “I learnt about living a balanced life in relation to religion, social life, academics and relationships. I learnt about being a master winner, planning, building confidence and generally finishing powerfully.”
“Once KCPE results are out, candidates who have performed well (340 marks and above) can go to any KCB Branch and ask for the application forms. We are currently, working on a cut-off mark for the differently-abled students though,” explained Pauline Ndonga, the Education Program Manager of KCB Foundation.