Educating Global Citizens in the 21st Century
Education engages three main parties, namely, students, parents and the school. Whereas students are in constant engagement with the school, parents, due to other commitments, are less engaged. Yet, their role is pivotal. This is why in a new, informative and inspiring series, Strathmore Mentoring Services in conjunction with Strathmore Institute for Family Studies and Ethics (IFS) have collaborated to give a unique offering to parents of 4th year students at Strathmore.
The Series titled, ‘Educating Global Citizens in the 21st Century: What is the right thing to do?’ has been equipping parents with deeper insights about present-day reality so they can better guide their 4th year as he or she prepares to take the next step in their life journey. The series began on the 15th of September 2021 and is set to end on the 2nd of March 2022. It is facilitated by carefully selected local and international experts in the given subject areas.
The speakers to date have been; Dr. John Branya and Rev. Dr. Paul Mimbi, who competently covered the topic, ‘Our Social Nature’. Thereafter came Mr. Charles Kanjama and Prof. Pilar Zambrano, who masterfully tackled the topic of ‘Human Rights and Human Associations’. Fundamental topics such as Human Work, The Family: the vital cell of society, and, The Political Society, will be discussed in upcoming sessions. Prof. Martin Schlag and Dr. Pier Pigozzi, from the USA and Chile respectively, spoke on the principles of social teaching! Mr. Damon Owens (international speaker and founder of Joytob.org) and Mrs. Rosemary Kamau (author and motivational speaker) tackled the family, the vital cell of society. The fifth session focused on Human Work and had Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor Designate and Prof. Christine Gichure, former Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, as the speakers. Each of them is a singular gem lining the way to elevated learning and boosted the reasoning so much needed in our world today.
One cannot overemphasize the added value that this lecture series will provide to the parent-son/daughter relationship. The students are immersed in a wide array of humanities content over their stay at Strathmore, and Social Teaching is an opportunity to foster a shared outlook and informed understanding on major contemporary issues. Session no. 3 will be on Wednesday 24th of November and presents yet another chance, this time about the Economic Life.
The world is dynamic and it is important that we acquire the skills to reflect correctly on current issues in order to jointly chart, not just good futures, but intentional futures for our prospective graduates.
The ‘Save the Date’ flyer shows the full range of topics. The beauty of this series includes its easy accessibility and affordability. Participants can register using the following link. A registration fee of Ksh. 1000, that caters for the whole series, is required. The Paybill No is 100219 and the Account No is IFSSERIES2021. Each session runs for one and a half hours.
This article was written by Celestine Kanjama.
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