First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has challenged young people to embrace the rich cultural diversity in the country as it will help build a strong nation.
She pointed out that these cultural differences will shape the Kenyan youth to develop into well-rounded individuals; which are what the country and the world expects to have.
“You are truly blessed that at such a young age you are able to interact with people of different nationalities, different religious beliefs, different races and different cultures,” said the First Lady.
The First Lady was speaking today when she presided over the Brookehouse International School’s prize-giving day.
She said with strong principals taught in the school, there is no doubt a student will develop and grow up understanding that with a great opportunity come great responsibility.
“I’m also impressed by the IDEALS you stand for as followers of the Round Square philosophy, namely Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental protection, Adventure, Leadership and Service,” she affirmed.
The First Lady also called on the youth to avoid substance abuse which has ruined lives of many young people in the world.
She said this is possible if the youth learn to seek guidance from elders.
She pointed out that elders are able to teach young people life skills and social etiquette that will benefit them in the future as they become mentors.
She at the same time, challenged the youth to learn to take care of their environment by initiating clean ups, tree planting exercises and spearheading campaigns for the conservation of wildlife.
She said by participating in social activities such as sports and charity walks, young people will be able to learn the value of helping other people in the society.
“Take time and participate in sport, because sport keeps us all healthy…physically and mentally,” said the First Lady.
Brookhouse School Director Mr. John O’Connor said in the 21st century it has become extremely challenging for school heads to identify good role models of whom schools can refer too.
He commended the First Lady for exhibiting true values of servant leadership by the way she conducts herself in public.
“Margaret Kenyatta has become a true mother of the nation. She is a role model of grace, kindness and dignity,” said O’connor.
Mr. O’Connor called on teachers and parents to work as a team to ensure children get the right role models as their reference point in life.
“Let’s consider careful the role models we aspire to emulate,” cautioned the School Director.
During the function, the Director announced a full secondary school scholarship award at Brook House School for a girl child sponsored by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. The First Lady is also the patron of the scholarship.
Students received awards for excelling in different fields of academic and extra-curriculum activities while some staff members received long service awards.
The function was also graced by prominent dignitaries who included Australian High Commissioner to Kenya John Feakes and South African High Commissioner to Kenya Ms Koleka Anita Mqulwana.