President Uhuru Fetes KMTC Students With Gold Standard Awards
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded 22 KMTC students with Gold Standard Awards, during the Presidential Award- Kenya ceremony held at State House, Nairobi, on March 20th, 2019. The Award is structured in three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The 22 students from Nairobi Campus are among the 200 members of the President’s Award Scheme. They underwent a vigorous programme in the Award Scheme, equipping themselves with practical and vocational skills for self-development, in addition to participating in community service.
To qualify for the Gold level Award, the students engaged in various activities among them: – organizing free medical camps (including jigger campaigns), giving health talks to schools and members of the public, taking part in tree planting and clean-up exercises as part of environmental conservation efforts.
Speaking during the award ceremony, President Uhuru, who is the Patron of the Scheme, took the opportunity to confirm that he was fully committed in maximizing opportunities for young people in every corner of the Republic. “These opportunities include ‘the Big 4 Agenda’ which provides young persons with multiple avenues for self-fulfillment, economic empowerment, dignified living and service to Kenya”. He further urged the young people to take advantage of the opportunities availed to them.
President Uhuru lauded the Award Scheme as one that seeks to develop the young people holistically. It is designed to equip participants with skills to make a difference for themselves, their communities, country and the world at large. “I thank all those who mentor and facilitate young persons under the President’s Award Scheme. Your dedication, sacrifice and commitment are helping shape a better Kenya, one young person at a time. I honor all parents and teachers who spend every day as shepherds of our children,” the President said.
Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki commended the KMTC students for being members of such a noble scheme that encourages them to give back to the community. “You are winners and have made KMTC proud,” he said.
The President’s Award-Kenya, is a self-development program that is open to young people across the country, encouraging them, among other things, to give useful services to others.
The Award was first launched in Kenya by the founding father of the Nation, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.The Award is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association which oversees the Award programme for young people in over 120 countries.
During the 2019 award ceremony, the students were accompanied by Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki, Board Vice Chairman Eng. David Muthoga, CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo, Deputy Director (Academics) Mrs. Nancy Michire, Deputy Director (Finance and Administration) Mr. John Anyira, Nairobi Campus Principal Mr. Matthew Kipturgo and Nairobi Campus Scheme Co-ordinator Mr. Travor Machasio.
Currently, seven KMTC campuses (Nairobi, Eldoret, Kilifi, Msambweni, Kabarnet, Kisumu and Lodwar) have registered participants in the Presidential Award Program. It is expected that the recipients of the award will increase next year.