Girls’ Mentorship in Mathira East Sub-county
Karatina University in partnership with the office of Mathira East Sub-county Director of Education held a mentorship seminar for girls in boarding and day/mixed schools on 18th and 20th March, 2017. The girls’ mentorship program has been going on for the last four years and according to Mathira East Sub-county Director of Education, Mr. Githongo, the program has contributed greatly in improving academic performance among the girls in the sub-county. The mentorship program among the high schools girls is an annual event organized by the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic, Research and Student Affairs).
The seminar for girls in boarding schools was held at Gatondo Girls High School on 18thth March, 2017. A total number of 320 girls participated. The girls were drawn from six Girls’ Boarding Schools in Mathira East Sub-county. The schools included: Karatina Girls High School, Gikumbo Secondary School, Gatondo Girls High School, Mt. Carmel Girls High School, Mathaithi Girls High School and Magutu Girls High School. The seminar for girls in day/mixed schools was held on 20th March 2017 at Ihwagi Secondary School. A total number 258 girls from 15 day schools participated. The 15 schools included Itundu, Miiri, Kangocho, Gatundu, Ndimaini, Gakuya, St. Augustine Kieni, Kiamabara, Ragati, Gitunduti, Kiamwangi, Gathehu, Muthea, Ihwagi and Gaturiri. The total number of 578 girls from boarding and day schools were mentored
The facilitators were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA), Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, who was the main speaker and other speakers were Dr. Margaret Mwenje and Ms. Flora. Runji. The girls were mentored on Academic Achievement, what it takes to be a woman of substance, how to excel in mathematics, career choice, Self-esteem & Self-worth, Relationship and Assertive Skills, Deviant Behaviors and their Consequences, and other life skills.
The Sub-County Director of Education commended Karatina University for implementing the girls’ mentorship program in Mathira East. He indicated that the mentorship program has contributed to high academic performance and decrease in risky behaviors among the girls.