PEER EDUCATORS MENTOR SHIP PROGRAM
Like is the case in many other institutions of learning, Kagumo College is now running a peer educators programme. The College has re-introduced peer –counselling to help supplement the important work done by the Guidance and Counselling department in the College. Peer educators are likely to reach and relate more closely to their colleagues and thus be able to help bring back on track those few who may have gone astray.
To prepare them for the task ahead, the department organized a one-day training programme within the College on 26th September 2019 which was followed by a team-building excursion out of College the next day after which the peer educators were set forth to commence their noble task.
The mentorship training was declared open by The Chief Principal Mr Francis Mwangi and the educators were happy to be joined by the Guidance and Counselling Department led by Mrs Mary Kiuna, The Dean of Students Mrs Tabitha Mwaniki, Assistant Dean of students Mrs.Susan Obimbo and Mrs. Beatrice Kuria.
The day’s facilitators were Mr.Samuel Weru and Mrs.Jane Wanyoike and among the topics they took the educators through was one on the “Good Reasons for Starting a Mentor Program” in which they highlighted the following reasons:
- That such a programme builds self-esteem
- That the knowledge and alternatives gained through a partnership program allows teens and adults to explore different career possibilities not often available in a classroom or work setting
- That mentor programmes break down stereotypes surrounding certain professions and populations.
- That Mentor relationships promote awareness of a community’s diversity
- That partnership programmes build teamwork, whether learning occurs in school or on the job.
The facilitators outlined the following as some of the objectives of the programme:
- To provide a platform for peer mentors
- To have a better understanding of peer mentorship, relevant skills and attitudes.
- To provide an opportunity for peer mentors to interact and have fun.
- To enhance life’s skills.
- To enhance capability to handle drug abuse and other social issues.
They shared as well the qualities of a good mentor saying that he/she should have
- excellent social skills
- be emotionally intelligent
- be open to challenge
- be flexible
- be available
- be a facilitator of learning
- be a role model
The onus is now on the trained mentors to exhibit these qualities as they carry out this new responsibility, all with the agenda of helping in ensuring that the completion rate of comrades is 100%, that everyone who walks into the College as a first year can graduate after the expected period of time as a teacher who is socially and mentally sound as well as academically successful.
By Peris Mukunga ECRE year 2, Dominic Wandera CMA year 3 and Peris Maina ECRE year 2