Above: Calvin College team in interaction with the Daystar School of Communication, Language and Performing Arts
Students from Calvin College visited Daystar Nairobi Campus on Wednesday 11th January 2017. Calvin College is a liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Founded in 1876, the college is an educational institution of the Christian Reformed Church and stands in the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. Hosting them was the School of Communication, Language and Performing Arts led by the Dean Prof. Levi Obonyo. Also present were Dr. Leah Komen (Thesis Coordinator) and Mr. Eric Kadenge (Faculty).
Prof. Obonyo shared on the history of Daystar University and Africa, putting emphasis on colonization and how it has impacted the academic field. Dr. Komen talked about the challenges of an African woman looking at career, family and religion. Many questions were raised, which got everyone engaged especially in the areas of gender inequality: gender based violence and female genital mutilation. Led by Dr. Benjamin Arendt, Director of Admissions, the Calvin College students came to Kenya on a learning venture.
They are doing a tour of organizations to learn about the culture, and Daystar was their academic stop. The team comprised students from various concentrations: Architecture, Nursing, and Diplomacy, among others. During the interaction session the students sung praises about Daystar commending the institution for its hospitality, a firm foundation in values and the good food.
The discussion also touched on possible collaboration between Daystar University and Calvin College where professors and students can exchange ideas and work together in carrying out research.
DLPDI partners with CITAM to run Ex-Candidates program
Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI) in partnership with Christ is the Answer Ministry (CITAM) Ng’ong and Karen are running an ex-candidates program to productively engage the youth who have completed their KCSE, and are waiting to join various institutions of higher learning.
The institute will also run her own program at the Nairobi Campus dubbed “Destiny Leadership Development Program”. The trainings, which will take three months each, will run as follows:
a) The Bridge program in CITAM Ngong, which began on 9th January
Present during The Bridge launch in Ngong was the Senior Pastor, Rev. Jesse Mwai. He lauded the program and appreciated the effort made by Daystar to ensure the program came to a reality. To the participants, he hoped that the program would be impactful in improving the lives of the young people, now and in the future.
On his part, Prof. Waithima, the Director, DLPDI registered his joy in partnering with CITAM Assemblies to empower the high school graduates at this critical stage in their career development. He revealed the main themes of the program as Life skills, Spiritual formation and ICT competency training. Prof Waithima explained that going through the training would equip the participants to navigate through life in a more impactful way.
Destiny and The Pathway programs at Daystar Valley Road and CITAM Karen are set to begin on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th January 2017 respectively. Discussions between DLPDI and CITAM Athi River are at an advanced stage to launch a similar program dubbed “The Next Step” in Athi River.