Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Students launched the Jomo Kenyatta Economics Students Association (JKESA) on September 29, 2023. The club is aimed at imparting economic knowledge and increase financial literacy among JKUAT students.
Mr. Dennis Kioko, JKESA president emphasized the need for all young people to familiarize themselves with the basics of economy. He highlighted the integral role that economy plays in a society.
“Economy is the fuel needed for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It is a pillar in society that we cannot do without. The club will offer training on soft skills needed in the job industries, data analytics and Microsoft packages. This is to ensure that we become all rounded students who can add value in the society,” said Mr. Kioko.
Mr. Robert Burale, the keynote speaker during the JKESA launch urged the students to lay strong foundation which will propel them toward a fruitful future.
“Utilize and appreciate the opportunity that life has given you to be in such a prestigious learning institution. Have foresight and set long term goals and put in the work to achieve them. Work toward who you would want to be ten years from now,” urged Mr. Burale.
Prof. Florence Mwaura, Principal, College of Human Resource Development (COHRED) commended the students for such an innovative idea. She also applauded the launch of the club that is centered on capacity building and improving the lives of the students.
“This club will be an invaluable resource to JKUAT students, not only those under COHRED but in the entire university. I encourage you to keep up the good work and make sure that the club remains active for it to have an impact on the students. I am looking forward to working with all of you and helping you to deliver on your goals,” remarked Prof. Florence.
Gladwel Wanjiru, a student of Bachelor of commerce said she was delighted to be a member of JKESA. She also added that she was eager to see what the club had planned for its members.
“I will be ready to take part in the different activities organized by the club. I am also looking forward to interacting with my peers as we exchange ideas and knowledge on different economic issues. This club will give me a chance to interact with people who have great ideas and who share my passion and interest on the economy,” Ms. Wanjiru remarked.
Eric Muthui, pursuing Bachelor of Science Computer Technology, conveyed his joy over the JKESA launch. He also encouraged more members to join the club in order to benefit from the array of knowledge, skills and competencies.
“The club has potential to house more members from different colleges withing the school. The more members the club will attract the more interactive and enjoyable it will be. I therefore urge more students to register and actively participate in making this club a success.” Urged Mr. Muthui.