A4C Holds Round-Table Workshop on Scholarship Fund

Stakeholders of the scholarship fund pose for a photo, after the roundtable workshop

Collaborative efforts seek to empower vulnerable young adults through Education.

In a recent stakeholders’ roundtable workshop held at the enchanting Olive Resort, on Saturday 27th January 2024, the Art for Children Foundation (A4C) revealed its ambitious plans to provide post primary and high school scholarships for vulnerable children and young adults in Nakuru County.

Secretary General of the Kenya National Parents Association, Mr. Eskimos Kobia, gives his inputs during the roundtable workshop.

A4C proudly welcomed a diverse group of stakeholders from local organizations and companies such as Naivasha SGBV Cluster, Rotaract Club of Naivasha, the area Chief of OlKaria Ward, RALAC, Childrens Homes, Java House, YMCA, 254 Youth Policy Cafe, Nation Parents Association, among others.

The workshop, moderated by directors of 254 Youth Policy Cafe, Stella Mutuku and Denis Kyalo, unearthed and addressed critical challenges faced by the initiative, ranging from ensuring a sustainable revenue generation model to expanding options for average students. Strategies were meticulously forged, emphasizing community involvement, proper candidate identification, financial accountability, robust monitoring mechanisms, improved planning processes, and the provision of mentoring and psychological support.

Stella Mutuku, A4C Advisory Board Member and Director at 254 Youth Policy Cafe, moderates the roundtable workshop

In a bid to offer holistic support, A4C proposed sustainable solutions, including the introduction of vocational training, the launch of apprenticeship programs, and financial support for transport, food, and equipment.

Stakeholders demonstrated their commitment through financial pledges and support platforms for skill acquisition. The success of the meeting was attributed to the visionary leadership of A4C and the active participation of the stakeholders. 

Stakeholders give their inputs during the roundtable meeting.
Dennis Kyalo, Director at 254 Youth Policy Cafe, leads the conversation during the roundtable workshop

The workshop stands as a powerful testament to the collective commitment to empower youth through education and sustainable skill development. A solid foundation is being laid for a successful programme that will see the vulnerable children and young adults, who are unable to proceed with mainstream education, receive the necessary and job specific skills needed for them to be at par with their peers.

A4C encourages everyone to stay tuned for updates on this transformative journey as it works closely with the stakeholders to navigate challenges, implement strategies, and work towards a brighter future for the youth.

Cherish Etale is a professional and freelance journalist, and a volunteer at A4C. She holds a BA. Journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.

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