On Monday, June 24, we hosted United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) under the theme ‘Careers to build a better world” in collaboration with South Sudan for a Career Program at Jubilee Auditorium in the afternoon from 2pm.
Among those who attended the program were Mr. Wakanyua, Dean of Students who stepped in for the VC, Fr. Jacob, South Sudan Students Association Patron, Ms. Bertinah Msabaa, HR Manager UNOPS, Ms. Juliana Amal Obonyo, HOP UNOPS, Grace Lawrence and Martha Abari, UNOPS Personnels and students.
Mr. Wakanyua encouraged all students to attend such career talks as it is very important in education development and it serves the right purpose for students.
“We welcome all students to join our organization as we provide internships and offer job opportunities to students globally. For us to recruit you, you must be able to have integrity, effective communication, strategic perspectives and leading self and others”, said Ms. Bertinah.
Grace Lawrence and Martha Abari shared their working experience in UNOPS and encouraged students to always improve their CVs by working as volunteers and not just work because of getting money.
Ms .Juliana Amal Obonyo concluded by advising students to always consider their communities first and they should go and improve their countries instead of being in foreign countries after excelling in education.
UNOPS is part of the United Nations family, it supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peace building, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
On Saturday, June 15, we celebrated the African Child Day at Ng’ong market with the theme ‘Kid’s Choice is Renewable’.
CUEA with other organizations such as Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, 350 Org., JPIC Franciscan Africa, Sisters of Mercy Kenya, Learning and Spiritual Center and Mary Immaculate School came together to mark this day.
The procession began in the morning from Zambia road in Ngong towards Ng’ong market creating awareness to the residents about the importance of keeping the environment clean as they requested them to particularly use the greener and renewable energy rather than fossil fuels which are harmful to the environment.
The event was finally graced at Global Hope and Rescue Center where lunch was provided and CUEA band entertained the kids.
The African Child Day has been celebrated every year since 1991 to honor those who participated in the Soweto uprising in South Africa and raises awareness of continuing need for improvement of education provided to African Children. It was initiated by Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) now known as African Union (AU).
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, we hosted an Interfaith Youth Forum under the theme “Faith for Earth, Vijana in Action” in partnership with initiative of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Franciscans Africa (JPIC FA) to encourage inter-religious tolerance and care of the environment to the youth.
Some of the speakers at the event were: Dr. Joseph Okumu, Rev. Prof Peter Gichure (Acting DVC academic affairs), Sheikh Muhammad Khan(Guest), Rukia Ahmed (motivational youth speaker), Sr. Gladys Mititi (Capuchin TV) and Javan Ofula (CUEA). Many schools were also represented by a number of students from Starehe Boys, Precious Blood Riruta and Mother of Mercy, Ngarariga Girls Secondary.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Mustafa Genc who is a Peace Advocate.
''The future of the world will be very bright, peaceful and brilliant if well conserved”, said Mr. Mustafa. He was looking forward for the upcoming tree planting day that will be conducted on 14th June where 500 trees will be planted to secure the coming generations.
Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure, Ag. DVC Academic affairs, said, ‘nobody should be discriminated upon. We should have a humanitarian concern by caring for our neighbors who need our help as we do things in the right way''.
''Be accountable and responsible so that in the future people don't describe you with what you have but what you are, your intelligence should mould you”, he urged the youths.
Sheikh Muhammad Khan (the chief guest), while addressing the youth said,” it is time for us to take our position, time to prove that we are worth it, time for us to unite against people who divide us based on tribe, time for us to address environmental change such as misuse of resources. Religion is not a form of worship but a life style. Therefore, we have to address it in our life time”. He further urged the youths to and to stand up and claim their space.
Sr. Mary Wangari Sebastian in her speech reminded the young people that we were all created in God’s image ‘whether Christian, Jew or Muslim”.
Talking of Mother Earth Network, she noted that guided by the Franciscans, it has a vision of making religions to come together and share together for each other. “If you nurture nature it will nurture you, if you destroy the environment it will destroy you”, she said.
The students actively participated in a tree planting exercise during the lunch hour break. A number of trees were planted and the students also conduct a cleanup and awareness to communities around CUEA.
On Thursday, June 13, we celebrated the CUEA Family Day during Holy Mass under the theme, “Trinitarian Community: A Community of Believers of One Heart and One Mind”. The Principal Celebrant of the Holy Eucharistic Celebration was His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.
The University is dedicated to the Holy Trinity with a Chapel and residence by the same name. In the Mass, the Cardinal received one new convert and confirmed 9 candidates who included the new convert.
During his homily, John Cardinal Njue appreciated the confirmation candidates for taking the great step of faith and for the received convert for joining the Catholic Church and further encouraged them to focus on their dignity and remain in God through prayers and by partaking the sacraments.
The Cardinal also urged members of the CUEA community to remain united with a common purpose for the success of the institution and without looking at where one came from. “We have come from far, we are still far and we are going far”, he reminded the congregation.
“Each person has to play his/her rightful role to make CUEA improve further. Focus on the truth in education as truth will set you free and let’s improve not for ourselves but for the future too”, said Cardinal as he gave the final blessings.
Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure, stepping in for the VC appreciated Cardinal Njue for his love for education and welcomed the new converts and confirmed candidates to the Catholic Church.
Sr. Dr. Noelina Nakato who recently was recognized as a World Champion and Father of Modern Ecumenism Studies was awarded a Trophy and Certificate by the Cardinal at the end of the Mass.
After the mass there was cake-cutting ceremony with the Cardinal and the new converts.
Cardinal John Njue is the Pro-Chancellor of the University and is also a member of its board of Trustees. Besides that, the University’s main campus is situated at Langata, which is under the Archdiocese of Nairobi led by Cardinal Njue.
The Feast of the Holy Trinity will be marked on Sunday, June 16.
Our Faculty of Education hosted a two-day conference based on the theme, ‘Competency Based Curriculum; Leveraging Education in Africa’ from June 5 to 6.
More than 20 scholars, post -graduate students, undergraduate students and lecturers from within and outside the University gathered together for presentations during the conference.
Among those who graced the session were, Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua, the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure, Acting DVC Academic Affairs and Rev. Dr. Boniface Mungai, the University Chaplain.
The keynote address was presented by Dr. Julius Jwan, CEO, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
In his speech, Dr. Julius Jwan indicated why the Competency Based Curriculum was important in Kenya and the need to reform the education system and the progress they have made towards the new education system.
Mr. Andy Hill, Managing Director at Braeburn Group of schools, spoke on international education based on transferability. According to him, findings shows that 80% of students in international schools are from local countries and this enables them to explore local issues, develop awareness for local and global citizenry which brings out active learners. He indicated that close to 9,600 International schools are available in the world.
“Respect others by not judging them, watch more, learn more and speak less,” Mr. Andy Hill added.
Dr. Chan Shin Ying from China delivered a paper about Intercultural education and building of global citizenship, based on a study done in Hong Kong.
There were a number of other presentations from various scholars.