8 Turkana Youth Secure Scholarships to Join Israel University

  • Turkana Governor Jackson Mandago (center) posing for a photo alongside eight youth on Saturday, November 13.
    Turkana Governor Jackson Mandago (center) posing for a photo alongside eight youth on Saturday, November 13.
    Jackson Mandago / Twitter
  • Eight youth from Turkana County have secured scholarships to study drylands agriculture and climate change technologies in Israel. The students were lauded by Governor Joseph Nanok in a meeting at his offices on Saturday, November 13. 

    Nanok challenged the youth to redefine their next phase of their narrative land by bringing the expertise to change the county. 

    "Journey mercy for our eight Turkana youth who have secured a one-year post graduate scholarships to study dry lands agriculture and climate change technologies courtesy of Israel in Kenya and Turkana County. Bring the knowledge back home and redefine next phase of our narrative," the governor stated.

    A photo of Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok at Movenpick during the Council of Governors meeting in Nairobi.
    Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok at Movenpick during the Council of Governors meeting in Nairobi.
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    The students will be enrolled in Arava International Center for Agriculture Training (AICAT) in Sapir, Israel. The program is set to make an impact on the graduates' lives in different aspects including socially, academically, and economically. 

    As part of the program, the students will be attached to work with farmers in Kibbutz and Moshav Jewish forms of settlement.

    They will also receive hands on training in practical and theoretical assignments food safety and security as well as how to effectively establish agribusinesses and model farms.

    Recently, 50 students from the University of Nairobi (UoN) had also been selected for the AICAT training. The partnership between the university and Israel has seen an average of 50 students yearly join the program in a bid to foster the initiative in Agriculture and Agribusiness. 

    This comes as Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago, secured a deal with the government of Finland  to enroll 51 students to join various universities within the country.

    The deal would see 25 students pursuing degree courses while the other 26 would undertake diploma courses. The county government also catered for the documentation of the students as well as their air tickets. 

    "The deal was finalised when Governor Mandago visited Finland in August. This saw the first batch of students enlisted in the programme secure slots in the university," Uasin Gishu Director of Communication Silas Tarus stated.

    Seleted Students In a Video Conference With an Official From Finland at the Uasin Gishu County Government Offices.
    Selected Students In a Video Conference With an Official From Finland at the Uasin Gishu County Government Offices.
    Jackson Mandago / Twitter