Student leaders from various universities have been sworn in as Peace Ambassadors. The event was witnessed by the Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Victor C. Rønneberg on Friday, November, 25, 2016.
The swearing-in ceremony, was the climax of the three days youth leadership training at the University of Nairobi, Main Campus. The event was witnessed by Commissioner, Linda Ochiel, from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, NCIC.
Speaking during the event, the Ambassador urged the student leaders to play a role in national discourse. He as well pledged to support the University of Nairobi Engineering faculty with the newly launched program, Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Norway has advanced oil and gas engineering component, having been in the field for over five decades.
The Ambassador, urged students leaders to harness their leadership skills, to live for something bigger than themselves. They were as well told to have clear values and good character. Lastly, the student leaders were told to use their influence to urge their followers to register in large numbers and vote. In his concluding remarks, students were urged to campaign on issues and not on tribalism, ethnicity or based on individuals. They were as well told to work towards peaceful elections and be peace ambassadors during the forthcoming general elections.
On his part, Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Prof. Peter Ngau, the Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, noted that leadership is an important resource to a society and student leaders should have a positive influence on their followers. He urged students to avoid being radicalised and be patriotic citizens and above all, observe the national values.
Mr. Victor Uhuru, the Founder: Youth Advancement Initiative thanked the partners for supporting the student leadership training. The partners who supported the training were: University of Nairobi, The Ford Foundation, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, among others.