KENYA, July 4, 2019 — World Youth Alliance Africa and Kabarak University Law School hosted the Africa Youth Summit 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Kabarak University, Nakuru. The theme of the 2019 summit was “Good Governance in Action”. It aimed to enlighten the youth on good governance and on how they can actively participate in governance in their day-to-day lives. Over 120 young people attended the summit.
The morning session begun with welcome remarks by Ms. Lucianna Thuo, the associate Dean of the Kabarak University Law School. This was followed by Sharon Mwitari, a current Batch 2 intern who gave an introduction to World Youth Alliance. Selected young people, including 3 boys from Upperhill High School, then gave presentations that focused on the theme, ‘Good Governance in Action’ where they were given a platform to voice out their different perspectives, interpretations, and expectations of good governance.
The afternoon session was marked by speaker presentations from Mr. Ribin Ondwari, an associate at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates who was named the Young Lawyer of the Year 2017/2018 at the Nairobi Legal Awards in his first year of admission to the bar, Ms. Stella Agara, a governance expert and the 15th Laureate of the Bremen Solidarity Prize (an award won for her work in the area of tax justice), our very own Ms. Pamella Oddotte, the first WYA Africa awardee of the Vanessa Cherese Scholarship fund, and Mr. Kevin Alando, WYA Africa Regional Director of Operations.
A key takeaway from the Summit was that we should be the change we wish to see in the world. Governance is broad ad good governance is not solely for the politicians or leaders but for each and every one of us. Good governance begins with us: in our homes, schools, jobs, and relationships. We need to embrace its foundations in all spheres of our lives, leading a life full of integrity, transparency, fairness, and responsibility. Our job is pretty simple. If we want a better government, if we want good governance in action, we first need to be good governors ourselves.