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Unemployment is a major challenge that affects the youth in Kenya. Approximately 800,000 young Kenyans enter the labour market every year and youth unemployment is estimated to be as high as 40%.This challenge can only be addressed if more of the young Kenyans can engage in entrepreneurship such that they create rather than search for jobs. Entrepreneurs identify an innovation to seize an opportunity, mobilize resources, and take risks to open markets for new products and processes.
Kenyans especially the young people are gifted and talented with many brilliant ideas which they can pursue to create wealth and reduce unemployment. However the greatest challenge is the lack of initiative to seize the entrepreneurial opportunities.
To perceive and exploit available opportunities requires an entrepreneurial mindset. A mindset is the way your believe systems and experience lets you look at things. Building a business takes real work and effort, but it is best done with an attitude that embraces the initiative and risk involved in becoming your own boss. Stanford Professor, Carol S. Dweck, presented her research showing that hard work and mindset impact success more than natural talent, Dweck also argued that people have the ability to choose which mindset they wish to operate from.
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It was an important meeting of class 8 and their parents at Tigoni Primary. My James is a candidate. I was seated close to the door. She walked in later than I. It took me a moment to recognise her because I am used to seeing her in the universal blue overcoat of her work. Continue Reading

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The Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE) will hold a one week workshop from 21st to 25th July 2014, on the theme ” Being a people of God in an “insecure” Interfaith Context’’. The event will take place both in Eastleigh and at SPU. Canon Chris Chivers, an Anglican Priest who is also the chair of trustees, United Society (formerly USPG) and Ms. Anjum Anwar, a Muslim lady working with Exchange will facilitate the event. Continue Reading

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By Ronald Amaya

 

I love text messages but I am afraid the cell phone revolution is killing the art of emails. Yes, I call it an art with good reason. Emailing should be done with care and lots of attention. That doesn’t hold only for official emails but even for personal emails. Here are the ten commandments of emailing that we should never forget to remember when writing emails.

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1. Thou shall always have a subject
You are writing an email- not a text message on your phone. Most people glance at the subject lines of unread emails and only open the ones that look interesting. If you forget the subject line, your email might never be read. Worse still, emails that have no subject line might easily be misconstrued for spam.

 

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Students often struggle with accommodation the first time they join campus, Elizabeth Muchiri, an SPU alumni and PR intern at the PR& M department gives you the advice you need to find that ideal apartment or bedsitter.

Ideal space for a campus student

Settling in your first apartment in college probably felt like the biggest achievement of the century. What with the feeling of finally being your own ‘boss’. But while it is exciting to venture out on your own for the first time; the responsibility that comes along with the new found freedom is an unwelcome anxiety in a student’s mind.

Approximately 30 percent of students who start their student life at the university hostels are moving out to live on their own. This can be attributed to several things including accommodation fees, peer influence and a general need for students to be on their own. While there are institutions which require all students to reside within the campus, at St. Paul’s University, boarding is optional for all students. This provides the much sought after chance by students and guardians to make the choice of where the students reside while they study here. Continue Reading

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By Dr. Wandera Joseph

St Paul’s University recently hosted Africa’s first and foremost woman theologian, Prof. Mercy Amba Oduyoye among other distinguished female theologians. Prof Oduyoye who is from Ghana led a panel discussion organized by the faculty of theology staff research seminars in collaboration with the office of the Dean of students to discuss the methodology and aims of African Women Theology.

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By Dr. Wandera Joseph

The Faculty of Theology at SPU in collaboration with Danmission, a Denmark based Christian organization successfully organised a one week workshop on Teaching methods. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the learning among the faculty for effective teaching and learning.SPU-Signage

The conference took place at St. Paul University Main campus at the Soteria Women’s Conference centre from 16th to 21st June 2014. The conference attracted more than 20 delegates from St. Paul’s University, Presbyterian University (Kenya), Carlile College (Kenya), Makumira University (Tanzania) and SALT( Madagascar).

The workshop was facilitated by Mr Egon Hedegaard from Danmission, Denmark and Dr. Richard Seed of the Organization of African Instituted Churches, who is also working with Faculty of Theology, SPU on curriculum review.

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By Dr. Joseph Wandera

The world we live in today is the result of more than 500 years of Western colonial expansion and imperial design. Broadly speaking, this gave birth to a world system characterized by unequal power relations between the North and South witnessed today in various spheres. These inequalities are realized through racial, class, gender, religious, pedagogical, linguistic, textual, aesthetic, ecological and epistemological power hierarchies.

Participants of the Post colonial conference
Participants of the Post colonial conference

The Post colonial church conference hosted by SPU from 28th to 30th May 2014 aimed to explore how we can conceptualize and practice Church and Society in general in these contexts. How can we read the Bible in a post colonial context? What should be our practice of mission in present day contexts? How should we face issues of ethnicity and conflict in a post colonial context? These are some of the questions addressed in the hugely successful meeting of academics from across the world that took place at the Post Graduate Centre Hall. The conference was officially opened by Dr. Sammy Githuku, Dean Faculty of Theology. The meeting brought together participants and institutions from different parts of the globe such as Kenya, USA, Germany, Botswana and India.

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