Society / Education
Monday, 10 Apr 2017 11:11 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Equity Group Foundation, the non-profit arm of Equity Bank, will today host its 8th Annual Education and Leadership Congress for Form 4 Wings to Fly scholars at Alliance Girls High School, Kikuyu. The event will run for four days until Thursday 13 April, and its theme will be From a Class Reader to a World Leader, with focus on practical ways of making the scholars embrace servant leadership with a global worldview as a lifestyle.
The scholars will be mentored by various leaders from private, public and diplomatic sectors who will tackle various scheduled topics. Among them will be cabinet secretary for education Dr Fred Matiangi who will speak on Integrity & Leadership, and the German Ambassador to Kenya, Mrs Jutta Frasch, who will take the students through the habits of a young leader.
According to Equity Group Foundation Chairman Dr James Mwangi, the Annual Education and Leadership Congress is the highlight of the leadership, mentoring and social transformation programs run by the Foundation under its Education Pillar. “While we view the Wings to Fly scholars as disruptors of the social economic challenges ailing their families, communities and ultimately the country, their ability to do so is predicated on developing the qualities and mindsets of ethical and enlightened leadership.”
“The Congress seeks to nurture these skills, build character and ethics as well as create a global mindset. This is achieved through exposing them to mentoring opportunities by outstanding role models drawn from business, professionals, academia, the public service as well as partners and supporting them to put into practice what they learn. The congress also serves as the primary networking forum amongst the scholars and lays the foundation for cohesion, long-term conversations and collaborations towards creating transformational change”, added Dr Mwangi.
The 2014 cohort currently in Form 4 have had three other congresses while in Form 1, 2, and 3 under the themes of Value Based Leadership in 2014; Preparing Ethical Leaders for a Global Society in 2015; and Leadership and Giving in 2016.
In addition to leadership presentations from the selected speakers, the congress will also accommodate components on Career & Counselling and fostering healthy relationships. The careers’ session will seek to raise awareness on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) opportunities as an alternative career path in line with the program's transition model recently launched in a partnership with the German Government through its implementing agency KfW and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
The inaugural commissioning held in January 2017 saw close to 3,000 Wings to Fly scholars benefit from the programme. Additionally there will be a sports day and a talent show, during which sports and performing arts talents will be celebrated. Managers of national teams including basketball and volleyball participated in the last April congress and offered to extend scholarships to scholars who displayed talents in these two sports and will be scouting for similar talent during this year's congress.
In addition, athletes in action will be invited to support in talent identification and development. Popular sports personalities (one man, one woman) from the arts and sports fields will also be included in the congress timetable to enrich scholars' congress experience.
Wings to Fly program was launched in 2010 with an initial aim of availing 5,000 scholarships from The MasterCard Foundation. The program has since grown and surpassed its target to benefit 14,168 scholars to date.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press