First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said the future of the country heavily lies on young leaders.
She told over 1500 secondary school student leaders gathering in Nairobi to show leadership by shunning all forms of discrimination on the basis of tribe, religion, colour, gender and political affiliation.
“The future of our country heavily depends on your actions, both now and in the future”, said the First Lady when she officially opened the 7th Annual National Secondary School Students Leaders Conference at Bomas of Kenya.
The First Lady told the student leaders to work hard to achieve both good academic grades and nurture their leadership skills as they prepare for future national leadership roles.
“The country’s future lies in your hands. This is why we lay great emphasis, as a nation, on ensuring there is a solid legacy and firm foundation set for our youth to take advantage of and spur the country to greater heights”, she said
The conference brought together equal number of student leaders from all the 47 counties who also conducted their elections to pick members of the Kenya Secondary Schools Students Council including their President and Vice President.
During their elections, the student leaders elected Eric Wanyama as their President to serve the council for the next two years.
The First lady told the student leaders to be at the forefront in fighting such scourges as HIV/Aids and avoid all activities that promote the spread of the disease.
She told the student leaders to also fight alcohol, drug and substance abuse and all retrogressive practices like Female Genital Mutilation, early and forced marriages amongst the youth.
“You need to learn early that culture is dynamic, and that, at times, it is more important to discard certain cultural practices if we are to liberate future generations for the sake of progress”, said the First Lady.
She told the young leaders to empathize with those already addicted to alcohol, drugs and substance abuse but seek solutions to rehabilitate the victims to normal life.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi revisited the newly gazetted but controversial school rules which he said will transform the education sector in a big way if well implemented.