On August 12, we joined the world in marking the International Youth Day, which is a day to celebrate the youth guided by the theme, "Youth engagement for Global Action." The day highlights ways being used to engage the youth at the local, national and global levels are impacting the formal institutions, and processes, and look into how their engagement in institutional politics can be enhanced. RCTI Training Coordinator Mr. Julius Gichohi says, "At RCMRD, we understand that the prosperity of society and mankind is in the hands of the youth. With this in mind, we nurture the youth to tackle the challenges ahead of them by imparting in them knowledge and skills that prepare and make them confident to deal with challenges and come out with solutions."
We marked the day by featuring our own students who are making an impact in the society especially at such a time when they are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them is Mandiq Rashid, our former student who studied Photogrammetry and Remote sensing and currently working in Somalia with the World Food Programme, on a COVID-19 safe sensitization campaign. She is training the community on the use of E-Shop; an online app which helps minimize physical contact thus reduces chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
She had this to say on this day, "RCMRD plays a vital role in supporting youth through empowerment through training and offers opportunities for internship and even employment in the geo field, which helps in discharging key tasks that influence decisions on food security, land management, climate change, earth observation among others.
On the other hand, Ian Kinoti a land survey student notes that "RCMRD equips we the students with relevant skills for the job market, which makes them self reliant hence their ability to participate in communities’ projects." A view that Alex Kemboi another Land Survey student concurs with.