SPEECH BY H.E. MARGARET KENYATTA, THE FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THE BROOKE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL’S PRIZE-GIVING DAY ON 16TH MAY 2015

On July 18, 2018 In Statements and Speeches

Dear students, Teachers and Members of Staff  Parents and Guardians present here today.  Good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to join you at today’s prize giving ceremony. I thank you for the warm welcome and the tour round your impressive school and the wonderful entertainment. You are all truly talented and a real asset to our country. This is because of the rich diversity you enjoy at Brookhouse. I am also extremely impressed by the fact that out of your population of 800 pupils, 45 nations are represented. This is truly a “mini United Nations.” You are 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.  Embrace these differences and you will most certainly develop into well-rounded individuals; which is what we want to see in our beloved country, Kenya, and in the world at large. Dear leaders of tomorrow,  I am impressed by the IDEALS you stand for as followers of the Round Square philosophy, namely Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental, Adventure, Leadership and Service. With such strong principles guiding your school and your studies, there is no doubt in my mind at all that you will develop a culture of service in leadership and also grow up understanding that with great opportunity comes great responsibility. It is important to take pride in your environment, from here within your school to out in the community. Take part in, or, initiate clean ups, plant trees and campaign for the conservation of our wildlife.  Take time and participate in sport, because sport keeps us all healthy...physically and mentally. Try to join as many sporting activities as you can and participate in as many charity walks and runs as you can. In doing so, you will learn early the value of lending a helping hand to your fellow man. I also urge you to stay away from substance abuse that has ruined the lives of many of our youth globally, so do be aware of societal and peer pressure! Seek guidance from your elders!  You may not appreciate this advice now, but I can assure you that they will teach you the life skills and social etiquette that you will treasure later in life and you yourselves will become mentors.  Yesterday we celebrated the International Day of the Family. We celebrated mothers and fathers the world over for their unyielding love and care in bringing up families. To all my fellow parents here, congratulations for your selflessness to ensure that your children receive a good education and they can look forward to a bright future on the basis that you have laid. Finally, I wish to congratulate those who have received prizes today. You have done an exceptionally commendable job! Congratulations and Keep up the good work. For those who have not, Never give up! You'll be amazed what you can achieve once you set your mind to it.  Thank you all, and God bless you.

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