Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in collaboration with the Kiambu County Coordinated Stakeholders Association (KCCSA) members on Sunday December 15, 2019, converged at Destiny Ministries International-Thika, to celebrate the annual thanksgiving ceremony.
The annual ceremony is aimed at bringing together stakeholders from Kiambu County such as students, parents and County leaders, to celebrate the fruitful partnership between JKUAT and KCCSA which has enabled needy but bright students pursue university education at the University as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Through the partnership, JKUAT agreed to sponsor 4 bright but needy students with grade B minus (B-) and above recommended by KCCSA each year. The students according to the agreement would also be evenly distributed across the 12 Kiambu Sub-Counties.
Since the inception of the JKUAT and KCCSA partnership, JKUAT has sponsored 20 students evenly spread across the 12 Kiambu Sub-Counties.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, reaffirmed JKUAT’s commitment to the MoU saying “the partnership has grown from strength to strength, impacting positively on the families, given the progression of the number of students that had risen from the initial twelve (12) to the current 20, studying in various bachelors and masters programmes.”
In a speech read by JKUAT’s Director of University Community Collaboration Department (UCCD), Prof. Phillip Ngunjiri, the Vice Chancellor said plans were underway to carry out mentorship programmes and free trainings in identified technical areas that would be deemed beneficial to the community.
“Other areas that will be of interest in this collaboration will include; carrying out school mentorship programmes for students, and teaching students how to grow fruit tree nurseries. These efforts are besides the other initiatives the University has accomplished in the past couple of years,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The Stakeholders Chairman, Mr Kimani Kang’ethe expressed his gratitude to the University for giving a special opportunity to “the many bright students who pass well in their form four exams but could not progress due to lack of money.”
Mr. Kange’the lauded the students for the commitment they have shown during their academic journey at JKUAT, stating that none of the students had fallen prey to drugs or other unethical behaviors.
The annual ceremony is staged at different locations across the 12 Kiambu Sub Counties to mark the fruitful partnership between JKUAT and KCCSA.
Others who addressed the congregation were the Deputy Dean of Students, Dr. Fridah Wanzala, who gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the University, and the presiding bishop of the church, Bishop Titus Mbai.