The Kilifi Youth Empowerment Summit

The Global Peace Foundation brings together over 150 youth from the coastal strip to participate in a Youth Empowerment Summit.

The Global Peace Foundation Kenya in partnership with the County Government of Kilifi, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and other youth serving organizations hosted a youth summit on the 15th-16th May 2015 at the Pwani University in Kilifi County. The summit brought together 175 Young Accountable Leaders from 35 sub-counties within Kilifi County and other neighboring counties including Mombasa, Lamu, Kwale and Taita Taveta.

The summit, convened under the theme “Enhancing youth participation in county socio-economic development and integration” aimed at sensitizing and educating young leaders from the coastal strip to take lead in working for sustainable peace and development in the region. It gave the youth and other opinion leaders a platform to address violence, extremism and radicalization issues that are common in the coastal strip. It was also designed to promote social cohesion and integration among youth from diverse theological and social persuasions.

In addition, the summit focused on creating employment opportunities for young people through business start-ups supported by the Kilifi County and the Directorate of Youth in the National Government. The young people who attended the summit participate in the forthcoming Global Peace Leadership Conference East Africa scheduled for July 2015.

Nation Newspaper reports: Youth at Coast Yet to Reap Devolution Fruits

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Commemorating the 2015 UN Girls’ in ICT Day

Nairobi, Kenya April 23 , 2015 – The Education division of Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with CISCO Academy today hosted female students from Leap Hub schools at the CISCO office in Nairobi to mark the annual celebration of United Nations ‘Girls in ICT Day’. The event was mainly geared towards inspiring girls to pursue careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) through hands-on exposure to the most recent technology and engagement with industry professionals.

CISCO Academy helps students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st century career skills in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

“Girls who apply for STEM subjects in Campus are often dissuaded due to lack of confidence,” she said. “We have so many job opportunities in line with the STEM subjects in the market today” She added. “We must do what we can to show the world that we are fearless by pursuing these fields of study.” – Mrs. Farzana, the Head of Marketing
Google Kenya.

The students were also mentored to apply some of the ICT skills gained from the event to improve their social or business ideas being incubated in the Leap Hubs.

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LEAP HUBS Hackathon

Nairobi, Kenya October 4, 2015 – Today GPF Kenya today hosted the first Leap Hubs Hackathon for four schools including Moi Forces Academy, Kenya High Girls School, Mangu Boys High School and Mary Leakey Girls School, participating in the Leap Hubs program at an event held at CEMASTEA. The event was graced by mentors from 9 corporate entities among them Airtel, Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corporation, De Silva Group, Strathmore Business School, Innovate Kenya and Copy Cat Ltd.

Under the theme “Transforming Education in Kenya”, the hackathon sort to measure the creativity of the students in solving some of the challenges faced in the education system and give them an opportunity to present their ideas to the professional mentors for further idealization and development as they prepare to launch their own businesses or social enterprises.

Speaking at the event Mr. Heshan De Silva motivated the students to use the available resources including their knowledge to start their small enterprises. He shared his personal experience of how he used US$116 to start a small insurance business which has seen his worth go to over $10-million. He encouraged the students to “start now” and not wait for “golden ticket” to venture into business. Mr. Heshan was especially impressed by the e-book business idea presented by Mary Leakey students as a way of not only saving paper production to address environmental degradation in the country but also as an innovative way to transform Kenyan classrooms.

Among the presentations made by the students include;

Moi Forces Academy. A Securty Management Systems that includes user friendly applications to address teacher/student interface in the classrooms.

Mary Leakey Girls High School – Introduction of e-books for learning  thereby making blackboards, chalk dust and text books obsolete. This is meant to reduce the cost of education but will also address environmental conservation.

Mangu High School – An online game conceptualized around specific subject and topic areas in the curriculum. Game Pro is designed as an alternative to regularly assigned homework to instil study culture in youth who find studying boring.

Kenya High school – An innovative approach to design modern desks for the classroom to be fitted with laptop screens which are controlled at a central screen used by the teacher. This is meant to save space, considering the high admission rate in schools.

“For years, we have been looking for mentors to nurture the creativity of our students and Leap Hubs is giving exactly that. There is hope that we are not raising job seekers but job creators “ Mrs. Olive Njoroge, Leap Hubs Coordinator, Mangu High School.

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