Teckla Wasonga – PC
The EAC Youth Ambassadors of Kenya for the year 2017/2018 have officially taken over the office from their predecessors, promising to continue from where their predecessors left and to maintain the high standards they set in the community.
The 2017/2018 team will be led by Anne Yvonne from Catholic University of East Africa and will be deputized by Brian Githinji of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Other members includes Gloria Omondi, Kelvin Opere, Mabel Nelima and Gibson Kadenge.
The ceremony that took place in the State Department of EAC Integration Boardroom, was presided over by the EAC Affairs Integration Secretary Barrack Ndegwa.
Fred Aluda, the outgoing Youth ambassador led the team in enumerating their achievements as the EAC Youth Ambassadors for thepast year. Mr. Aluda encouraged the incoming group to keep on sensitizing the EAC Integration process to various Universities since they clearly understand what EAC Integration is all about.
Mr. Aluda listed various Universities they visited, and the activities they carried out during their tenure which includes Kabianga University ,Technical University of Mombasa, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Kenya Medical Training school of Mombasa where EAC Clubs were launched.
They also managed to engage in Community Social Responsibility (CSR) through charity work. The team visited Tabaarak orphanage at Kisauni in Mombasa County and street families at Maboxini area in Mbaraki ward of the same county too. He appreciated the support from the EAC fraternity which ensured the smooth running of events during their tenure and made it successful all through despite the few challenges they faced on their way.
He urged the new Ambassadors to implement the already set programmes before starting new ones adding that the success of the established clubs will be vividly evident in their steps set.
The youth leaders were introduced by Assistant Director for Social Affairs, Mrs. Phylis Watwana who briefed the team about various success they have achieved together with the Youth Ambassadors with the help of other EAC Departments.
The Asst. Director applauded the outgoing team for their hard work both in the community and in social media which has increased the number of followers as compared to the previous years. She further challenged the new team to follow the footsteps of their predecessors and to maintain the standards they already set so that the clubs which have been put in place can remain active in their regions.
On their part, Mr Ndegwa said that Youth involvement in the EAC Integration process is very vital since that was the only way to reach the grassroots level He concurred with Ms Watwana that the incoming Youth Ambassadors should embrace what their predecessors have done since the program is supported by the Government. He added that through the Ambassadors from various Varsities Integration is made much easier since they are able to educate their peers about the integration hence spearheading the Integration process in the Country.