KIPPRA rolls out Mentorship Programme at Maasai Mara University

KIPPRA rolls out Mentorship Programme at Maasai Mara University

The Capacity Building Department rolled-out its mentorship programme, dubbed KIPPRA Mentorship Program for Universities (MPUs), at the Maasai Mara University on 16th November 2018.

KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, in her opening remarks, noted  that the programme would not only provide a platform to articulate public policy at the University level, but it would also serve as a practical example of government-to-government agency collaboration. In addition to participants from the host university, students and lecturers from Kisii University and Kenya Highlands University were also in attendance.

The well-attended event was characterized by presentations from KIPPRA, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, The Directorate of National Cohesion and Values and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. The presenters provided a detailed description of the core mandate of their respective institutions and the roles students play in the execution of the same. They further gave comprehensive accounts of how students can benefit from engaging their organizations. Selected student panelists from the University of Maasai Mara were also given an opportunity to present ideas and opinions cutting across the Big Four Agenda.

Based on an evaluation survey undertaken during the event, the capacity building department has sampled opinions from 62 attendees at the event, 70.3 per cent of whom submitted a concept note. The data tabulated so far suggests that, of the people sampled, 75.7 per cent felt that their expectations leading up to the event were met. One of the key gains highlighted by students was the fact that they had been made aware of their role in the public policy making process. In addition, a number of students noted that the initiative had empowered them with general knowledge on Vision 2030, the Big Four Agenda and opportunities available to them, especially through the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

Students also gave feedback on areas of improvement some of which included:  inadequate time allocation, frequency and distribution of the events as well as the need to set up KIPPRA clubs in universities for continuous engagement. The survey is, however, still open and more feedback is expected from lecturers and students who were in attendance. The Capacity Building Department intends to take these into consideration to ensure optimal effectiveness of the initiative. The next KMPUs rollout will take place in Karatina University on 22nd November 2018.

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