DLPDI Graduates its 4th Ex-candidates Cohort
On Wednesday April 18, the Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI) graduated over 800 KCSE ex-candidates at a colorful ceremony that took place at the Nairobi Baptist Church.
The ceremony was graced by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Laban Ayiro, Ag. DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. Bernard Boyo, Ag. DVC Finance, Administration and Planning, Prof. Michael Bowen, Directors of Missions of Hope International (MOHI) Rev. Wallace Kamau and Mrs. Mary Kamau, National Director of Compassion International Mr. Joel Kamau, DLPDI Director Dr. Solomom Nzyuko, Deans of Schools, Members of Management Board, Program Facilitators and Parents of the graduands.
The program which ran for three Months from January to Mid-April 2019 took place in 11 centres among them Daystar University Nairobi campus (Destiny program with82) participants, Deliverance Church International, Zimmerman, (Deservio, which attracted 50), CITAM Karen (Pathway program with 69), CITAM Valley Road (Pathway, with 80), CITAM Woodley (Unashamed Transformers, with 93), MOHI centre in Mathare Valley (Kosovo with 198), Compassion International centres in Kiambu (Nderu with 90) and (Ndarakwa with 96), Rironi PCEA Church with 96 participant, and CITAM Meru which hosted (23) participants.
The content of the three month program included: Self-discovery and career choices, Talent development and management, Project planning and execution, Character building, Leadership and conflict management, Problem-solving and decision making, Communication and interpersonal skills and ICT competencies.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof Laban Ayiro called on parents to be involved in lives of their children by visiting them frequently while at campus to ensure that all is well. “When your child steps into university, you also become a first year,” he counseled, promising to frequently visit them in hostels, including those living off-campus to ensure that they are okay.
Addressing the ex-candidates, the VC said the mark of greatness is measured by one’s service to mankind and called on the young people to ignore the noises in their lives.
“I will do whatever it takes to make Daystar University a haven of learning and spirituality; I will do it because that is what Daystar University was formed for,” he assured. “You become selfless by burning selfishness in the fire of sacrifice,” said Prof. Ayiro, further expounding that for Daystar University to become what we want it to become, we have to overcome selfishness.
Speaking to the graduands, Prof Bernard Boyo, the Ag. DVC Academic Affairs said “A book is judged by its content; we will be looking to see how your lives will be transformed after this course,” Director of DLPDI Dr. Nzyuko recognized the various stakeholders present for their contribution and proceeded to make known the intentions to escalate the program to the whole nation.
Rev. Wallace Kamau, Co-director Missions of Hope International lauded Daystar for introducing the ex-candidates program and for involving Missions of Hope, saying that for the last two years the program has raised for MOHI an army that will transform their communities where their children come from. “We see Daystar as a partner in developing the young person,” added Mrs. Mary Kamau.
Parents and guardians proud and happy the 4th DLPDI Graduation
Knowledge is like a candle; use your candle to light other people’s candles” said Mr. Joel Macharia, the National Director of Compassion International. He urged the participants to share the knowledge and wisdom they had acquired with others.
The graduands who were accompanied by their parents displayed a sense of accomplishment as they received two certificates: a certificate of participation and Computer Skills. The representatives of each group was full of praises for Daystar University for organizing the program, and for Compassion International and Missions of Hope who sponsored 186 and 198 students respectively.
Each group had a testimony of their gains in the training. “It is upon us to decide what we want to do with the training we have received,” said Rachael, a participant from Pathway CITAM Karen. To the parents she said “We might be stubborn, but we appreciate you.”
The Kosovo team appreciated Rev. Wallace and Mrs. Mary Kamau for investing in them, while Hamisi of Nderu appreciated Compassion International for giving them a touch to light the dark tunnel of their lives.
“The objectives of this program were met I am now a functional youth,” said Simon Mbugua of Ndaragwa cohort as he appreciated Daystar and Compassion International for giving them a chance in life.