Barely twenty four hours after JKUAT formalized an agreement with Keroche Foundation to empower the country’s youth, 50 women, drawn from over ten counties, converged at the University, Wednesday May 28, 2014 for a three-week capacity building programme on socio-economic empowerment for sustainable development; under the in-country training programme.
The training programme, jointly mounted by JKUAT and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to equip participants with practical skills, attitudes and competencies necessary for livelihoods transformation. The women drawn from urban and peri-urban areas will be inducted on crosscutting areas including leadership, value addition, nutrition, resource mobilization and proposal writing.
JICA Kenya Representative, Mr. Hideo Eguchi noted that education and training are key agents of social transformation and national development; a reason why the agency has supported the initiative since 1994.
“Education equips citizens with understanding and knowledge to make informed choices about their lives and about their communities,” reiterated Eguchi. “Many ex-participants have not only improved their family livelihoods, they have also shared lessons learnt; becoming models, and pioneers of economic progress of their communalities.”
The JICA Kenya Chief added that rapid economic growth in Japan has been due to highly developed human resources and work ethics.
Kiambu County Women Representative, Hon. Annah Nyokabi, urged the participants to capitalize on the technical skills from the training and turn around their lives and the well being of respective communities. The Legislator added that it is time for the Kenyan woman to rise and take her rightful position in the country’s development spectrum.
“With economic empowerment, we would like to see more women Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, County and National assembly members,” said Nyokabi amid cheers from the participants.
Hon. Nyokabi who officiated the opening ceremony also challenged the women to form groups and leverage on Youth Fund and Women Enterprise Fund to start viable economic engagements; to lift them off poverty into decent living.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga informed the opening ceremony that JKUAT is extending training and technology transfer to the Kenyan people at grassroots level, as a contribution to the national development agenda and in line with the devolved system of governance.
In a speech read by Acting DVC APD, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Prof. Imbuga appealed to the participants to craft beneficial and long lasting networks with colleagues from different parts of the country and share ideas to enrich their knowledge base.
The ceremony was also addressed by Prof. Esther Kahangi, who appealed to the participant to prioritize learning, as they undertake a programme she reckoned, is a response to the Vision 20130 requirements and Millennium development Goal on eradication of Hunger and extreme poverty.