Students let out their hurts during the Nairobi Campus Healing Forum
The afternoon of last Wednesday April 10 was marked with intense emotional outpouring as the Nairobi campus students spoke their hearts out and let out pains and hurts they have bottled up since 2017.
The DAC Auditorium was filled to capacity as students waited patiently for their turn to express themselves. As the students stood up to speak one after another, it was evident that such a session was long overdue.
This was part of a series of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation forums scheduled for all University stakeholders as the University rises from its past and enters a new dawn.
The Nairobi Campus was moderated by Dr. Margaret Njoroge, a PhD holder and Counselling Psychology graduate of Daystar University.
Speaking on behalf of the students were representatives of the student body led by DUSA Secretary General Mr. Arnold Endovo, the International Students Association of Daystar University (ISADU), Daystar Christian Fellowship (DCF) and several individual students.
Responding to the student submissions, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Laban Ayiro promised to improve the quality of education at Daystar. “The quality of education in this University must stand out because we represent the teachings of Christ,” he said.
The VC pleaded with the students to shelf the grudges and resentment they held for the sake of rebuilding the university. “Let’s dialogue; let engage and move on as a community,” he pleaded.
The VC said he had noted all the concerns raised by students and promised to deal with each and every one of them decisively.
The moderator Dr. Margaret Njoroge recognized that students had deeply rooted issues and advised that pouring out will help them feel relieved.
Moderator Dr. Margaret Njoroge welcoming students to engage during the healing and reconciliation meeting
“If you have confidence in your Vice-Chancellor, give him time because there are some things he will be able to do now but there are others that will take time for him to accomplish,” she advised, further saying that forgiveness as a process takes time and effort for the wounds to heal.
The Council representative Mr. Allan Bukusi lauded the students for recognizing authority and apologized on behalf of the University because of the disappointment that led to the boycott.
The healing and reconciliation meetings target key stakeholders of the University. The next meeting will be held on 17th April for leaders of outsourced services which include security, cleaning, catering, transport and health care. On Tuesday April 23, Faculty and staff will have a joint healing Forum at the Nairobi campus starting 9:00am.