Secondary School students in Elgeyo Marakwet County have benefitted from a mentorship program that will help them improve their academic work.
The program, dubbed Mentorthon is a mentorship marathon that connects high school students with role models, stories, career advice and lessons from entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders.
It is expected to equip young people in secondary schools with life stories, lessons, tools and knowledge.
Speaking during one of the mentorship tour at Sing’ore girls, Governor Alex Tolgos encouraged the students drawn from different schools within the county to concentrate on their studies in order to achieve their targets in life.
He said: “This is a rare opportunity where professionals come together to share their life stories with you. I urge you to take your studies seriously. That is the only way to achieve your goals in life. As a county we will continue to embrace such programs.”
He challenged the students to compete for the top spot in the national examinations reminding them that any school in the County could top regardless of their learning institutions.
The 2018 Elgeyo Markwet edition was hosted in eight secondary schools across the County. Mentors converged at Tambach Boys, Simotwo Boys, Kaptagat Girls, Sing’ore Girls and Chebara Boys. Others were in Kapcherop Girls, Queen of Peace and Sambirir Girls. The event managed to reach more than 7,500 students from over 90 schools.
The Governor appreciated the founders of the mentorship initiative together with sponsors who facilitated the program.
“I have decided that whenever KCSE results are out, any school from this county that emerges top will be my next stop and I am happy that Sing’ore Girls has always been the top. We encourage other schools to strive to emerge the best,” said the Governor.
Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich while speaking to students who had converged at Chebara boys asked the students to concentrate in their class work since the results obtained in form four would determine their future.
He said: “This great annual initiative will go a long way in ensuring our students learn from real life experiences of the successful mentors. I encourage all of you (students) gathered here today to make sure you score well in your form four examinations. This will be a determinant of your future.”
He said through such initiatives, the County will always maintain high its national ranking.
Other leaders who participated in this year’s mentorship program managed included Senate Majority Leader Hon Kipchumba Murkomen, Speaker to the County Assembly Hon. Kiplagat Sabulei, and Woman Member of Parliament Hon. Jane Chebaibai among others. Other Key Note speakers included the Co-founder for Mentorthon Tim Kipchumba, Managing Director for Kenya Power Dr. Ken Tarus and Dr. Susan Komen, among others.