KIPPRA held a two-day mentorship event at the Turkana University College on 13th and 14th January 2022. The KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) is part of the Institute’s capacity building initiatives that aims to create awareness and develop capacity of University community in understanding the public policy making process.
The KIPPRA team was led by the Board Chair, Prof Ben Sihanya and Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi. The university side was led by the Acting Principal Prof. George Chemining’wa. The event started with the Board Chair and Executive Director’s visit to the principal’s office followed by an MoU signing between the two institutions.
As part of the introduction at the main event, Dr Nancy Nafula, Head of Capacity Building Department, explained the importance of the KMPUs. Dr Eliud Moyi from the Partnerships Department took the participants through the public policy making process in Kenya and what it entails.
The event entailed engaging presentations on national values and principles of governance and youth-oriented discussions in relation to government opportunities to support youth innovation and entrepreneurship. After every presentation, the participants got an opportunity to ask questions and the presenters gave them sufficient answers.
The event also saw students participate in panel discussion on Kenya’s Potential in Building Back Better in Post COVID-19 to Achieve the Big 4 Agenda. The presentations and discussions were punctuated by various entertainment segments where students showcased their talents in dancing, modelling, singing and acting.
To successfully deliver the programme, KIPPRA partnered with National Youth Council, Youth Enterprise Fund, SME Support Centre and Directorate of National Cohesion and Values.
To expand the reach of the KMPUs, other institutions around the host university are invited to attend. For this event, students from the KMTC Lodwar campus attended.
The event came to a close with award of certificates to students who participated in the essay competition.