Africa is said to be the ‘youngest continent’, with almost half of its population below 40yrs. As of 2016, 80 percent of Kenya’s population was below 35 years. To a very large extent, Kenya’s youth is defined as individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 year, which will determine the shape of the country’s future. But their potential is not being tapped by the education system as expected, why? This is all because our Education system is not well modelled to bring out the best in an individual.
For Human development, an Education system should balance on developing the 4 spheres in an Holistic way, that is MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL. Unfortunately, our Education system, particularly here in my country Kenya, does not balance the four. More focus is on Mental and Physical, touches spiritual in a small way, but completely ignores the Social part of an individual.
More cooperates are now looking to employ individual of high character rather than high intelligence, its no longer about the grade one possesses but the Character one practices. I personally believe an individual character is developed through social quotient and not intelligence quotient. Most young people are graduating with just the grades but no character attributes, most young people are finding it hard to find jobs because of their poor attitude, poor communication skills, poor integrity, attributes designed in Character building, which is missing in our schools.
I founded MIG EDUCATION 2 years ago, an organization focused in CULTIVATING young people to discover their potential, through trainings, forums and workshops that focus on an individual’s social intelligence on building a high character. I am passionate about teaching, training and coaching, and I believe SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE, the 4th sphere of human development, if well administered, changes the Caliber, the Character and the future of an individual. Our training sessions are Motivative, Educative and Inspiring, coined as ( ME & I) , and are modelled on 4 key areas, that we believe are core in Character building
Social intelligence and Interpersonal skills
Life skills / Employability skills
Social driven leadership skills (Value, Vision, Virtue)
We commit in organizing for sessions in different secondary schools at least every Weekend / Saturday, focusing on schools with an average of 100 students for a larger impact. In addition, we organize for the sessions during vacations in different localities, with a target of at least 50 students for a single session. Fo the last 2 years, we have reached out to more than 1200 students, and we believe by the end of every training, we changed their way of thinking, their career decision in positive ways, and largely changed their lives in general. As our mission statement states, at MIG EDUCATION, we are committed in CULTIVATING the young individuals, by planting seeds of character, watering them with MOTIVATION, pruning them with EDUCATIVE materials and weeding out negative attitude with INSPIRING and success stories (ME & I model)
CAREER expert, Josphine Munroe says the key to making your career work for you is to uncover your hidden desires and secret ambitions. Its not uncommon to hear of a student who studied engineering only to discover that their talent and passion was in journalism, or even swimming. Often students parachute into college figuring they will determine their career goal along the way, an expensive, and often ultimately unproductive, tactic. Young students overwhelmed with the task of making major educational and career decisions often don’t take the opportunity to understand what makes them tick, to discover their potential, their ‘WHY’, and this is the major bridge that MIG EDUCATION seeks to provide. by cultivating the youth generations right from the roots. Monitoring and involving students from early stages of schooling, by proper and adequate career guidance, and trainings that help them discover their potential through character building
In MIG, we also believe that Community volunteership is Core in building an individual’s character, the more we give the happier we feel, community volunteership increases the confidence of an individual, natural sense of commitment, and enhances individual pride and identity, which are are key in self discovery, in discovering an individual’s potential, and for them to understand what they were cut for. We believe three important days for an individual is the day they were born, the day they discover why, and the day they bring that why into the world. We believe community service helps an individual discover their WHY. We believe that all students should undergo a community volunteership program before joining the job sector. This young people need to go back to their communities and serve pro-bono, that enhances the goodness in an individual and build their character.
That’s why we developed MIG Volunteers Lions Club (VLC), that focuses on building a community volunteership spirit in university students. MIG organizes sessions and forums in Universities to discuss on benefits of community volunteership, and why it is paramount for young people to have the spirit of humanity in them. We are proud members of Center for African Volunteers, and Lions Club international, movements that enhance volunteership. MIG EDUCATION has a long term vision of establishing an academy and a university. AFRITA (AFRIcan TAlent) Institutions, Academy and university will be built on courage, strength and determination to MOTIVATE, INSPIRE and GROW young African leaders from the traditional system norms into independent minded individuals who launch their own course into becoming great African Economic, social, entrepreneur and civic leaders with positive impact in their respective communities and Countries
I personally believe that each of us should be cultivated from young age to discover their why, and I am focused and committed in guiding the young people in discovering their potential by way of building their character, which I believe is a major solution to our Traditional Education System