President Kenyatta to boost President’s Award scheme for youth
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the President’s Award – Kenya scheme will be strengthened to expand the opportunity for youth to take part in the mentorship and character building program.
President Kenyatta stated that the Kenya Government will also undertake a drive to popularise the President’s Award scheme so that it is adopted by neighbouring countries to boost regional integration.
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The President made the announcement when he joined participants of Seeing is Believing Initiative of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and the President’s Award – Kenya at the Old Moses Camp on Mount Kenya.
President Kenyatta spent the better part of the day at the Old Moses Camp, which is at an altitude of 3300 metres, to interact with and give inspiration to 128 students from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana who participated in the program.
“We will make this program a more regional scheme as we move it to become a continental initiative,” the President said. “ We do not interact enough to see the similarities that we share. This is one of the best ways to encourage integration.”
The students drawn from different institutions ranging from primary schools to universities have already reached the highest point of Mount Kenya — the Batian Peak — as part of their team building exercises.
President Kenyatta presented medals to the Gold Awardees and encouraged the participants to believe in their ability to achieve.
“There is nobody who is born special, big or small and there are no super human beings. Each one of us has strengths and weaknesses. You should believe in your strengths and learn to share and work as a team,” the President said.
The President, who engaged in a question and answer session with the participants, told them that the secret to success is discipline.
“The key to success is discipline and show respect to everyone irrespective of their background,” said the President when he answered one of the students who asked him what his secret to success was.
President Kenyatta told the youth that they should learn from every experience they go through in life instead of developing a habit of regrets.
“We should never live a life of regrets. We should live a life of experience that we learn from,” the President said.
The President, who was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment Judy Wakhungu, advised the participants to believe in their strength and never allow to be dragged down by negativity.
The event was also attended by leading business personalities who have been supporting the initiative and mentoring the participants.