JKUAT Student Talent Development Association (STADA) held its inaugural flea market, Friday March 13, where ambulant student vendors got a chance to sell their products and showcase their innovative and entrepreneurial knack. The products on sale ranged from handcrafted wares, food, artistic drawings, paintings, photography to educational materials.
The flea market was geared towards encouraging students to express their talents and skills to the University community with the aim of encouraging more students to join the STADA community and make a living while in school.
The Chairman of STADA, Jeremy Beggi said, “The theme of the event is ‘freedom of expression’ as we encourage students to express their talents and skills, emotions and personalities with the aim of encouraging more creatives to join our association.
As they showcased and sold their wares, the students encouraged those that interacted with them to give them guidance and constructive criticism in order to ensure that their business ventures grow.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi lauded the initiative, saying it was a timely concept, instrumental in the national agenda toward encouraging the youth to aspire to be job creators.
“As institutions of higher learning, we can support student innovators and entrepreneurs in taking their first steps toward turning societal challenges into opportunities for economically scalable solutions through innovation and entrepreneurship,” opined Prof. Ngumi in a speech read by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ruth Mugo.
Former Vice Chancellor, Moi University, Prof. Richard Mibey, who interacted with the student vendors appreciated JKUAT for according the students the opportunity to express their talents and possibly provide solutions to some of the problems facing the country and more importantly enabling them to earn income.
“Self-employment can start on campus and be a catalyst for students to provide for their school fees and even have extra money to save,” said Prof. Mibey.
The Association Patron, Dr. Roselyn Mang’ira said, the event, organised by STADA, goes a long way in showcasing JKUAT as a leading institution in promoting and supporting students’ talents and creative ingenuity.
“STADA is a multi-faceted family of students aiming to network, grow and develop students’ skills and talents for holistic creative development and financial independence,” said Dr. Mang’ira.