Our KUSO president Miss Karen Birech and Deputy Sec Gen Gibson Kipruto had the privilege of attending the Africa Youth Leadership Forum in Entebbe, Uganda, and the National Prayer Breakfast at State House Entebbe, graced by the presence of the President of Uganda and First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto. These events were not only significant milestones in my life but also powerful testaments to the potential for youth empowerment and the role of faith in shaping a nation.
The Africa Youth Leadership Forum served as a platform for over 500 young leaders from across the continent to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss strategies for promoting sustainable development, peace, and prosperity. The diverse group of attendees brought forth a wide range of perspectives, all underscored by a common desire to drive positive change in their communities and nations. The Forum's sessions and workshops covered various aspects of leadership, from ethical decision-making to effective governance, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills essential for fostering transformative leadership.
As an institution, Kabarak University through the support of our Vice Chancellor Prof Henry Kiplangat is keen on mentoring and training young leaders to greater heights of prosperity.
One of the key takeaways from the Forum was the significance of youth engagement and their potential to drive innovation and social progress. The speakers emphasized the role of mentorship and collaboration as catalysts for youth-led initiatives. The Africa Youth Leadership Forum was not just a conference; it was a call to action, motivating each of us to make a meaningful contribution to our societies.
The AYLF dinner was crowned by our own student leader Gibson the Violinist who performed an amazing performance and was also awarded THE BEST DRESSED GENTLEMAN in the dinner flying our university flag high.
Attending the National Prayer Breakfast at State House Entebbe was an extraordinary experience. This annual event brings together leaders from various sectors of society, including politicians, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to reflect on shared values, unity, and the power of faith in governance. The presence of President Yoweri Museveni lent an air of reverence to the occasion.
The President's speech highlighted the importance of faith and moral values in guiding the nation's path. It was a poignant reminder that leaders, regardless of their position, should be guided by a sense of duty to serve their people and uphold ethical principles. The National Prayer Breakfast reinforced the idea that a nation's strength is not solely measured by its economic or political power but also by its spiritual foundation.
The Africa Youth Leadership Forum and the National Prayer Breakfast in Entebbe, Uganda, were transformative experiences that left an indelible mark on my journey. These events underscored the potential of the youth to be agents of positive change and the enduring importance of faith and moral values in leadership. I am inspired to apply the lessons learned at these gatherings to my own life and work towards contributing to a better and more prosperous world.