Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) women scholars have challenged female students to defy their disadvantaged social-economic family backgrounds and instead use those circumstances as inspiration to aspire for greater academic and career success.
The JKUAT team of Agricultural scientists spoke at Gachororo Secondary School, Kiambu County, during a “Role Modeling Event” aimed at mentoring female students who take Agriculture as a subject.
During the “Role Modeling Event” organized by Annah Indeche, a Field Technician in the Department of Horticulture, who is also an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellow, the female scientists interacted with eager students who shared their life experiences and the challenges they undergo as girls.
The role models from the Department of Horticulture and the Institute of Biotechnology Research held an interactive session with the girls where they gave them handy tips on career success while drawing positive lessons from individual life experiences, they also took the girls through the process of setting specific, measurable, achievable and time-bound goals.
Ms. Indeche who led the JKUAT team during the Role Modelling exercise said, it was “good to give back to society by mentoring the young agricultural scientists by helping them achieve career goals,” noting she, too, identified with the challenges the girls faced, herself having been brought up through similar circumstances but worked against the odds that many girls go through in order to make it in life.”
The Principal of Gachororo Secondary School, Ms. Esther Kamau, paid glowing tribute to women leaders’ initiative for “honouring her institution to benefit from the historic role modeling event.”
Other JKUAT mentors who shared their success stories with the students included Prof. Mary Abukutsa Onyango, Dr Agnes Kihurani and Dr. Sheila Ommeh.
Ms. Indeche is among the 320 African women scientists from 11 countries which include: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, who have benefitted directly as AWARD fellows.
AWARD partners with over 200 organizations and institutions with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Agropolis Foundation.