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Okiya Omtatah, a human rights activist gave a lecture to law students on Feb 3, 2017 at the Jubilee auditorium on ‘Human Rights’ as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution.
Citing corruption cases in the country today; he urged the law practitioners to be vigilant in their career so as to avoid bribery which is a big disease in the judiciary system. He said, “Advocacy is much of who we are than what we have. It is not the great things that make the world a better place but in the small things that we do. And the world is not about travelling to your rural home or far in the parts of the country but changing the place you’re in.”
He added that Human Rights law in the constitution is the most abused by those in power by injustice to the poor and those who don’t know their rights.
Quoting chapter 19 of the constitution, he further emphasized on following the human rights as the constitution states despite the class or supremacy. ‘Every human being is entitled to enjoy Human Rights because he or she is a human being and there should be no bias.
He said, “as law practioners, you should learn to say no to bribery. Sanity can be restrained in our society today if we learn to say no to the “devil”.
Omutatah is a well known activist who amazes many with his guts and intimidating character that rattles even the untouchable. He has challenged and won several cases in court in bid to defend human rights. He is a defender of the public interest and the constitution of Kenya.
Dr. Kim a motivational speaker from South Korea, gave a lecture on Mind Set Learning at the University’s auditorium on Thursday, Jan 19. The talk was attended by the new students and some staff as well.
During the lecture he described mind set as the only thing that world needs in order to change. Everyone needs to change their mind set for success. Great achievements entail controlling your mind on how you view life generally with the right mind set.
In his speech, he quoted simple inspirational words from the most successful people in the world. For example; “I failed in some subjects in exams but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and am the owner of Microsoft”, Bill Gates.
“If today were the last day of my life, would I do what I’m about to do today?” Steve Jobs.
“No matter how much you fall you ought to rise again and again”, Nick Vujicic.
He added that as much as emotional quotient (EQ) and intelligence quotient are different, for the right mind set they have to work together.
Dr. Kim is a well known motivational speaker born and brought up in New York originating from South Korea. He has signed an MOU with President Kenyatta to train the NYS and the parliamentarians here in the country. He has visited several countries in the continent in a bid to train people how to change their mind set to bring change into the world and make the world better.
IBM announces "Great Minds 2017" . Please refer to this website with information about the program https://www.zurich.ibm.com/gre
This year, IBM is happy to inform you that Research labs in Nairobi and Johannesburg joined "great minds" starting this year participating in the program and we have to ensure submitting many students applications of excellent quality preselected for Research consideration. "Great minds" flyer is here as well as milestones and deadlines info.
The Great Minds initiative is a competition for internships of 3 to 6 months at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Dublin,Nairobi, or Johannesburg for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students a unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.
The internships will take place in 2017. The exact starting time and duration will be agreed upon with the winning students individually, taking into account their academic commitments and the availability of IBM staff.
IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland, Ireland, Kenya or South Africa, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.
IBM Research is conducting the Great Minds internships for the 9th time. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. This program also benefits faculty members when the Great Minds winners bring back to their universities or departments a valuable understanding of real industry problems, knowledge of advanced IBM technologies, and contacts throughout IBM Research.
The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in
at a recognized university in central or eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa. The students must have a solid command of the English language in both written and spoken form.
IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from both genders as well as minority groups. We would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.
Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory.
To participate in the Great Minds competition, see the detailed instructions for students (available on website).
Mr. Charles M.Omboto, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education; specialising in Research and Evaluation was awarded a sponsorship by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Ministry of Education to undertake a capacity building short course in the area of Special Needs Education (SNE).
The one month course was held in Tokyo Japan from Mid-November –December 2016 under the topic of “Planning lessons for children with disabilities in the context of Special Needs Education (SNE)”. Currently, Mr. Omboto is a lecturer at Kenya Institute and Special Education (KISE) in the department of Psychosocially Different with expertise in Autism and Inclusive Education.
JICA as an agency works in most of the regions namely Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Oceania and Latin America. The main mission of the agency is aimed at improving the fundamental systems needed by countries, as well as systems for effectively providing public services and quality education based on the needs of people, and at fostering the institutions and human resources needed to manage those systems appropriately.
This is done through human resources development, capacity building, policy and institutional improvements, and provision of social and economic infrastructure, thereby pursuing sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth. Mr. Omboto as a JICA learnt new knowledge and skills from Japan and is expected to better education practices more so in the area of special needs education. Two participants were selected from Kenya.