At The Kenyatta Trust we have enrolled our students in several reward programs to increase their motivation. Students earn points based on school performance, community service, exemplary leadership skills, integrity and upholding the peace. Some of the rewards include going to The William Holden Education Center, in Nanyuki,for 3 days of exposure to on-site demonstrations of conservation through green methods that result in alternatives to habitat destruction.
Another form of reward is accompanying our sponsor to visits across the country and abroad. We believe in exposing our students to different experiences and cultures. Each year we also gift our students with a motivational and captivating book that we feel will inspire them.
INUKA Economic Empowerment defines the process of assisting and building the capacity of the parents/guardians of our beneficiaries to mobilise and manage resources in order to enable their household to meet their basic needs and become self sufficient.
We work with the sub county officers and members of the local community to determine the most viable projects in the particular area and ascertain the barriers that may have prevented these projects from being implemented previously. So far we have introduced four projects; poultry rearing, rabbit husbandry, goat farming and tissue culture banana production. Beneficiary families select the project that they would like to take on, we then provide continuous trainings on each of these projects and the seed capital required to begin the project. In order to promote a culture of ownership and accountability we ensure that our families also provide some necessary inputs needed to begin the projects and through their record keeping we can monitor the success of the project.
One of our key areas of focus is the provision of mentorship and counseling services to our beneficiaries. The Tuungane Executive Mentorship Program seeks to pair one of our mentors with one of our beneficiaries who are in college/university. In the spirit of our national anthem that says “Tuungane mikono pamoja kazini” we believe that by holding the hand of a young person and helping them determine and attain their goals we are able to reach new heights together.
Every year our Form II students are given the opportunity to live with and learn more about another Kenyatta Trust family from a different community. Through this program we aim to foster understanding, tolerance and create a culture of national cohesion amongst our students.
Over the past 5 years we have seen the need to increase interactions among the beneficiaries and to expose them to different skills and experiences. The Kenyatta Trust invests in its scholars so that they are trained and practice skills enhancing their survival within their communities: these include internal skills such as courage, discipline and emotional mastery. In line with this initiative we hold a six-day camp at least twice a year for our beneficiaries, now dubbed The Janjaruka Camp. The camp is aimed at exposing the beneficiaries to different skills and experiences.
Having countywide representation at The Kenyatta Trust is crucial for us as it enables our beneficiaries to tackle issues such as tribalism and corruption that plague our country. During the camp our students are exposed to different speakers talking on various topics all geared at training them in “The Kenyatta Trust way”.
The goal of Career Day is to introduce students to careers by bringing executives and community members to the students to discuss their jobs, skills, education and training.
Students get to interact with ladies and gentlemen of all fields and careers and they get to ask questions and seek clarification. Keeping in mind the current education system, we at The Kenyatta Trust encourage our students to think beyond the possibility of private sector employment. We are keen on bringing up a generation that is proud to work in the public sector as well as raise entrepreneurs. We realize that the career needs of a first form student and those of a fourth former are diverse and therefore, at a certain time of the career day, we separate the students into groups to facilitate deeper understanding of career choice.