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In the spirit of emphasizing the importance of vocational training, the University of Nairobi will be partnering with SOS Children’s Villages through various initiatives, but notably along vocational training.

This was said by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, at the second graduation ceremony at the SOS Training Institute, Nairobi, on Friday, October 13, 2017.

“Most universities if not all, do not offer  vocational training in their curriculum therefore, in partnership with SOS TTI, the University of Nairobi will be linking young people with these skills training to the SOS TTI School,” he said. Prof. Mutoro was speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.

Other notable avenues of partnership with SOS will be through offering scholarship opportunities to excelling young people to study at the University of Nairobi, access to HELB loans for university entry and TTI students’ participation in University of Nairobi’s open days and the Nairobi Innovation Week.

SOS founded over three decades ago has been home to over 1000 children, mostly orphans and abandoned children. The institute has five children villages, two primary schools, one secondary schools and a technical training institute. SOS provides a home for children in need and provides them as well with tools towards self-reliance.  In the technical institute, students learn courses like fashion design, food and beverage, woodwork and electrical installation.

Prof. Mutoro, during the inspection of various labs at the institute, observed that, the University of Nairobi is endowed with such much potential in the field of engineering. “You can work with our professors in electrical engineering and we can improve the quality of your electrical engineering, installation and the quality of your training programs,” he said. 

Dr. Alice Kibui, Education Director, SOS Kenya, reminded the graduating class to remain focused in life in order to achieve their goals. She as well reminded graduands to use their knowledge to make a living and to make a difference in the society. In her concluding remarks, she urged the graduands to dream more and achieve more.

The Principal, Mr. Gabriel Maina, congratulated the class of 2017 for a job well done and urged them to be proud employers. He as well emphasized the need for the graduands to continue their academic endeavors.

SOS Institute is supported by among others: Housing Finance, CBA Bank, Safaricom, ShangiliaMtoto Africa, Dandora Baptist Church, Kariobangi Catholic Church, Lewa Wildlife, PCEA Kariobangi North among other institutions. Prof. Mutoro pledged the join the long list of donors who support SOS. This will be part of University of Nairobi Corporate Social Responsibility.

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