A book on values launched by Manu Chandaria.
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Fri, 2018-08-24 15:59

The University of Nairobi together with a Japanese University, Soka University have published a book titled ‘Value Creating Education in Kenya’. The book was launched today, August 24, 2018 at the University of Nairobi Towers, Main Campus.

Speaking during the launch, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Industries highlighted the need to have a society with good values system. He opined that the philosophy of education needs to change so that as students graduate from universities, they have integrity and appreciates hard work.  “The Japanese work so hard and that is why they are so successful. It took a lot of guts for the Japanese, such a small country to be a global powerhouse. All of you have the opportunity to be great and successful. Remember there is a price to pay for success”, he said. “The education philosophy needs to change. We need to create good human beings through the education system. Education need to impart good values to an individual and to the society at large”, he opined.

Dr. Chandaria called on students to borrow a leaf from their Japanese counterparts who see themselves as Japanese and not small different tribes as is the case in Kenya. He called on students to cherish good morals and values and avoid the never ending strikes and burning of schools. Today, over 120 high school dormitories have been burnt down.  With good value system, he observed that such behavior will be a thing of the past.

The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, observed that the staff and students exchange program between the University of Nairobi and Soka University in Japan have been very beneficial over the last 30 years. He noted that a good education system should prioritize value system even as it equips students with the necessary skills that is so much needed by the industry. The University has been keen on student mentorship and instilling moral values by working closely with the staff members and professionals from the industry.  The Vice-Chancellor was represented by Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The book is a collection of past conference papers, journals and research work by the members of staff from both the University of Nairobi and Soka University. The participants of the 2016 conference were from diverse academic background. The book was published by Kenya Literature Bureau.

Dr. Masumi Odari, Chair, Literature Department said that book was being launched to commemorate 30 years of collaboration between Soka University and the University of Nairobi. The program has been instrumental in nurturing global leaders. She revealed that Soka means value creation and it aims at creating fully balanced individuals, ethical people who add value to the society. She noted that the book will be of great value in equipping students with good morals and help them live in harmony with others.

The launch was attended by Japanese staff and students from Soka University who are on exchange program and currently touring the University of Nairobi.

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Sat, 2019-08-31 15:59
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Peter Oluoch