By The COAST Reporter
Former Tourism Minister and currently Commissioner at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Morris Mwachondo Dzoro has joined the league of prominent professional and World leaders through recognition into the prestigious London Business School and Common Wealth University.
Mr Dzoro has been honored with a honorary Doctorate Degree in recognition of his achievements.
In a letter from Head of Continuing Education Program at London Business School - Commonwealth University Consortium Ms Sadiksha Rai the award is part of activities that culminated in the participation in a potentially rewarding Top Leadership seminar.
"The Honorary Doctorate Degree Award of the Commonwealth University is a unique award that is especially reserved for personalities who have distinguished themselves in society through service, selflessness and other outstanding contributions through which lives of many have been touched positively" said Ms Rai.
Mr Dzoro now joins other high ranking leader’s entrepreneurs and personalities who include former US President Barack Obama, IT guru Bill Gates, former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote among others who has received similar recognition.
Mr Dzoro will be awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Cotonou, Benin Republic at a ceremony slated for February 27th this year.
"This came as a surprise to me because i must say i did not expect it. Its a grat honor not only to me but to my family, my County especially people from my community Kambe and the country at large" Dzoro joyously said
Morris Mwachondo Dzoro is a community development and peace strategist a career in government, private sector and non Governmental Organizations (NGO) spanning over 25 years. Currently serving as a Commissioner at Kenya's National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) a Government agency mandated to promote the elimination of all forms of discrimination, promotion of tolerance, understanding and diversity in all aspects of national life.
As a Cabinet Minister in charge of Tourism and Wildlife management (2004 -2007), Mr Dzoro was instrumental in enactment of Tourism and Wildlife Policies, development and promotion of tourism in Kenya.
While at the pinnacle of public Service, he was actively involved in human resource management and development, management of government training and lecturing undergraduates and postgraduates in universities with a bias in community development, Peace keeping, project management and communication.
A key attribute while at the helm of tourism and wildlife docket, is the management of human-wildlife conflict, a serious socioeconomic problem affecting communities neighboring national parks.
Having gone through different institutions of learning and serving in various organizations, Mr Dzoro has gained and optimally utilized knowledge in communication arts, peace keeping, Christian Ministries,community development,and advanced leadership management.Mr Dzoro is a holder of PhD in tourism management; Masters in Theology and Development and Masters in Justice, Peace and Cohesion.
He holds a degree in Community development and a Diploma in communication arts obtained in Kenya and abroad.
He has widely traveled and participated in seminars and conferences in diverse fields such as interfaith and extremism, transitional justice reconciliation, cohesion and peace and world tourism organization among many others.
Between 1993 and 2001 Mr Dzoro worked as Program manager for World Vision in Tana River, Kilifi and Kajoado. He was also Deliverance Church Overseer for Kenya's Coast region between 1977 and 1999.
By The COAST Reporter
A total of 80 secondary school girls from Mombasa County have benefited from solar kits through an initiative dubbed ‘Jielimishe Girl Education Challenge- Angaza Boma’.
The project funded by the ‘UKAid’ a donor funding group aims at improving the academic performance of the girl child within the county and was organized by ‘I Choose Africa’ a locally based non-governmental organization.
Speaking in Mombasa on Saturday during a community engagement forum Ahmed Hussein Mombasa Sub County deputy county commissioner said the project will ensure girls from disadvantaged families perform well in school.
He said the government will partner with all the education stakeholders including the civil society in improving the academic standards within Mombasa County.
“This project will enable girls perform well in their classes.” The state officer said
The sub county official however admitted that girl child education in Mombasa County still remains a challenge and urged parents to invest in the education of their girls.
“Mombasa still faces a bigger challenge of girl child education.” He reiterated
At the same time, Walter Opanda, one of the officials of the ‘Angaza Boma’ initiative said the programme has been extended to different counties including, Laikipia, Meru and Mombasa.
He added that the project is aimed at giving the girl child an opportunity to improve in her performance.
“Jielimishe GEC' programme has extended its wings to Laikipia Meru and Mombasa counties.” Opanda said.
Opanda outlined that most of the beneficiaries come from slum areas of the county.
The official attributed the poor performance among girls within the county to lack of proper learning resources and an unfriendly learning environment.
“Most of the beneficiaries are from slum areas. Poor performance among girls is a result of poor learning resources.” He added
He said the solar kits are designed using a high technology making them last longer than normal solar kits.
Meanwhile, Charity Baya, a Ward Education management committee WEMC member from Jomvu sub-county pointed out that the project works in 19 schools within Mombasa County.
She stated that their role as WEMC members they educate the community on the importance of educating the girl child.
“We educate the community on the significance providing education to the girl child.” She said
She insisted that she has received several cases of girls dropping out of school due to lack of school fees and other learning resources.
“We have received a number of cases where girls drop out of school due to among other issues school fees.” She concluded.