Just a day after the District Governor’s address and challenge to Rotaract clubs to be part of the extension in Rotary by mentoring high school students through Interact Clubs, RCNC President Huma Kaoga Kaseu together with members of the Professional Development Committee led by the Director Carol Njihia made their way to Kenya High School. The new school term had just began and the girls were excited to see Huma and his team who in deed were in return excited to start the mentorship project for this term. Over the last one year or so, Huma and Rotarian Susan Murabana had been running the project but things are taking a different direction this year and more of the club members will now be visiting the schools and will be actively involved at every stage of the various activities and events planned out for this term.
The girls at the First Interact Session for the term
With the blessing of the patron of the club, Mrs. Hellen Holi, who was very receptive of all the proposals made and as excited as we and the girls were about our plans for the girls, the entourage addressed the girls and shared the proposals with them and we are in deed looking forward to great things. 3 major activities are lined up for term. The first major event will be an open career day where the students will get to be mentored by Rotaractors in different professions. Asked what they would like to hear about, we had a long list of sophisticated careers such as automative and aeronautical engineering! Clearly, these are very ambitious young women. I can’t wait to hear what the young men at Nairobi School will ask for when we visit them on Wednesday. This first event will be organized and managed by RCNC and friends. The girls were, however, given the mandate to invite other schools of their own preferences for the day. This will take place on 15th October 2011 at the Kenya High School compound.
President Huma Kaoga Kaseu addressing the girls
The second event will be a “Leadership and Ethics Seminar” which will be held at the United States International University where influential leaders from the business and non-governmental organizations world will make presentations and share experiences with the young ones on their experiences in their professions and the importance of integrity in leadership. On this occasion, the Rotary Club of Nairobi will spearhead the organization and running of the event with help from their daughter clubs, Rotaract Clubs of United States International University and Nairobi Central. The 29th of October 2011 has been set out for this particular event.
Rtr. Lucy Mwangi and Interact Kenya High School President Salfa. Mentorship already kicked off
The final activity for the term will be an Essay Competition which will be exclusively run by the students. They will decide which topics to write on; they will decide which schools to participate; identify the judges and decide which prizes will be given to the winners. Asked which gifts they would like to receive should they emerge winners, we were a bit surprised at the responses we got. While we expected them to ask for cash rewards and electronics; they preferred to either spend a day with a medical practitioner, a job shadow or a visit to one of the top three national parks in Kenya. I bet some of us have no idea which these three parks are! The essay competition will run from 1st October to 4th November 2011 and the winners will be announced at the end of the World Interact Week (1st week of November).
The agenda has been set for this term and we in deed look forward to great things. If you would like to participate in the Career Day at Kenya High School, please get in touch with the Professional Development Director Carol Njihia at firstname.lastname@example.org or the President, Huma Kaoga Kaseu at email@example.com