Public Communications Unit

19.04.2016

DSC 9559Students in institutions of higher learning have been urged to actively participate in national cohesion and regional integration of East African community. The students who form the largest constituency in the region have been identified as very key stakeholders in rooting and enhancing the pace of regional integration.

Addressing a public hearing at Mount Kenya University, Thika campus, East African Legislative Assembly members enumerated the underlying benefits that integration holds across over 170 million population market. The members who were joined by senior administration officials of the university led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waundo lauded the University for fostering integration by opening campuses across other EAC partner states. The school was also commended for admitting students from not only EAC region but across the globe, a step towards inter cultural and social cohesion.

“It’s exemplary of this university which has exhibited integration as evidenced by the number of nations represented here, and the number of campuses across East Africa” EALA Member Mumbi Ngaru said. She encouraged the university to venture in other unreached partner states saying that there was a great untapped potential crucial for integration and partnerships. Mumbi encouraged more corporations with other East African institutions like Inter University Council of East African, terming it as a unifying institution for young scholars.DSC 9315

Hon. Peter Mathuki explored on the key roles the youths play in the regional body with an encouragement to participate through establishment of an EAC Club as a platform for intensive engagements on matters of regional integration. Mathuki observed that there were numerous opportunities provided by the regional body very few young people actively participated on the same. He cited Chapter 16 of the treaty which provides for the mobility of students and teachers within the community terming it as an expanded market for their expertise.

The EALA (K) Chair Hon. Nancy Abisai took the students through the EAC integration process and their place in the regional integration agenda in line with their individual careers, and socio-economic development goals. Abisai accentuated the copious opportunities available across the region challenging the students to be determined in pursuit of the same through strategically preparing themselves in readiness for the ready market offered in over 170 Million populated community in the spirit of full implementation of the Common Market Protocol signed in July 2010.She informed the students that as great constituents of the community their involvement was crucial and in line with the East African Treaty Article 120 (c) which provides for adoption of a common approach for involvement of the youth in the integration process through education, training and mainstreaming youth issues into EAC policies, programmes and projects towards the realization of a fully integrated Community.

 

DSC 9461The legislators challenged the students to actively participate in the available platforms like the EAC Youth Ambassadors group identified as a training process towards skills and leadership development Hon Judith Pareno informed the students that the process of identifying Youth ambassadors was meticulous and required deep insights on the EAC integration agenda challenging the university to ensure at least a competitor for the next contest.

The members who were joined by their colleagues from Republic of Burundi, Hon. Jeremie Ngendakumana and Yves Nsabimana had earlier planted trees on the University’s graduation square(Happy Valley grounds).

 

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