KIAMBU, Kenya, Nov 13 – Former President Mwai Kibaki has urged learning institutions to engage more in extra curricula activities in order to broaden worldview of the learners.
He said beside teaching the content in syllabi, the schools should concentrate on other creative disciplines such as music, fine art and writing that develop the students’ mind beyond what the textbooks offer.
“It is always advisable to cast wider the net when we are engaged in developing young minds. We should therefore not ignore creative disciplines such as music, fine art and writing,” the former Head of State maintained.
Kibaki further asked the institutions not to ignore sports and athletics that he stressed add more knowledge to the learners beyond what their learn in classrooms.
He said: “Neither should we look down upon sports and athletics. At the same time, we should always endeavour to seek knowledge far beyond what the textbooks have in store for us in order to broaden our worldview.”
Speaking when he graced the ground breaking ceremony of Cianda High School in Kiambu county, the former president further noted that education remains a key factor in liberating the societies by bridging the artificial differences among citizens.
“In addition, I am sure that education, more than anything else, can be relied upon to expand worldviews and at the same time bridge artificial differences between human beings in equal measure,” Kibaki said.
He said education is the most powerful asset a nation must invest in as it enables the learners interact with values and belief systems, skills and technologies of other human beings far away a move that expands their imagination in leaps and bounds.
“Education is the best tool through which personal as well as communal destinies may be unlocked and enable them to become worthwhile resources,” Kibaki said, while stating that through education, societies get the ability to transport learners to far-flung abodes where they may otherwise never tour in their lifetimes.
Cianda school was started by the late Njenga Karume, an initiative the former Head of State said was among the many social welfare engagements, Karume offered that need to be supported in recognition of his legacy.
“I am here today to honour the wish of a gallant Kenyan, the late Njenga Karume’s one of the countless social welfare engagements, perhaps it is in his support to educational endeavours where his abiding legacy is best demonstrated and immortalized,” Kibaki noted.
He added; “Nothing beats the combination of a good education, solid work ethic, self-confidence and a progressive attitude particularly for anyone seeking to leave behind a legacy such as that of the late Njenga Karume.”
In this regard, Kibaki further called upon well-up Kenyans to assist the needy ones access education in order to be dependable citizens as a way of honouring the late Karume’s gesture of giving.
He said the late Karume demonstrated a unique characteristic of assisting the less privileged Kenyans all over the country particularly in enabling them access education. Adding that there are many bright students who fail to continue with their careers due to lack funds.
Speaking during the occasion Kiambu Governor William Kabogo noted that he is ready to tackle the various challenges facing the area and leave a rich legacy as the late Karume did. He said with cooperation with other education stakeholders in the area they are determined to raise the education standards in the county.
Other speakers included the area MP Paul Koinange, Karume’s family among others.