The Radisson Blu hotel in Nairobi was the venue on Thursday night last week (23 March) for the launch of the Chevening Alumni Association Kenya Chapter.
MC for the night was Laban-Cliff Onserio, NTV Kenya’s Business News Anchor with entertainment provided by the Sherehe Ngoma Band.
Speaking at the launch, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, said the scholarship programme was one which “matters immeasurably” to the British government.
He went on to say that the programme is a “key part of building a future between Kenya and the United Kingdom.”
Other speakers at the event included Chevening alumni and Thirdway Alliance Presidential Candidate Ekuru Aukot who said he was proud to support the programme and that “education equaluses all of us”. He added that a “Complete overhaul of leadership in Kenya is necessary to put an end to theft of public funds.”
Also speaking at the launch was Samuel Odawo, one of the first visually impaired Kenyans to get a Chevening scholarship, who revealed “only 45,000 out of 750,000 children with disabilities were in school by 2009”, adding he only became aware of the project through helping a friend to apply.
He went on to say that “Chevening recognized my passion to fight for the marginalized,” and that he was “energized to educate,empower and enlighten society of the needs of people with disabilities.”
The Chevening Scholarship programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically as well as the opportunity to network extensively.
Beneficiaries also experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the country.
The objective of Chevening is to support foreign policy priorities and achieve Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) objectives by creating lasting relationships. It facilitates outstanding individuals with leadership potential to study postgraduate courses at universities across the UK.
Recipients of the scholarships can pursue a 1 year Master’s degrees in journalism, law, public policy, conflict studies, energy, environment, security and good governance.
All former scholars and fellows,from 1983 to date can reconnect with classmates by joining the Chevening community platform.