SBS alumni executive committee’s Organizing Secretary, Chris Gathingu represented the SBS alumni network as they donated four hundred thousand shillings to the Eastlands College of Technology (ECT) that will support the technical institute’s quest to equip budding entrepreneurs.
The funds raised by the Alumni Endowment Fund during the Strathmore Business Cup charity golf tournament were directed to this cause to underline the significant role technical education plays in growing both the informal and formal sectors in Kenya. “Eastlands College of Technology is an example of how entrepreneurship can be sustainable through passing on teachings to budding entrepreneurs. This is very encouraging.”said Chris Gathingu.
ECT Principal, Austin Omeno shared the joy & strength that he derives from seeing the students earn a living by utilizing their skills. He further added that socio-economic based programs modified to enhance proper life skills will continue to transform change in the boy child’s attitude towards life and work. The college which is located off Lunga Lunga road serves Nairobi’s underprivileged youth from informal dwellings offering technical training with a business and ICT orientation. Their social-based training curriculum continues to offer income generating alternatives to the youth who are often trapped in the perilous net of drug abuse and criminal activity. Over time, technical training institutions have proven to be the backbone of building the industrial landscape of any country. These institutions for many developing nations are an avenue of eradicating unemployment.
Eastlands Collage of Technology utilizes a Dual Training System (DTS), which helps the students apply the theory they learn in the classroom to the practical environment and currently, a group of mechanical students are undergoing an internship program at Simba Colt. Chris Gathingu alluded to the fact that the DTS program is important to the enterprises run by fellow alumni and they should strive to join the program and offer internships.
The Alumni Endowment Fund is an initiative of the alumni network that endeavors to champion the business school’s overarching mission of ‘service to society’ through empowering both women and youth. “Alumni can get engaged in things that really touch the heart of societies and this is one of them; This is just the beginning” said Dr. Vincent Ogutu the Vice Dean – Executive Talent Development.