Monday, July 29, 2019

Grassroots Soccer In Kenya

In Kenya many aspiring soccer players go through a series of frustration, hardship, hurdles and uncertainty of their future in soccer. One of those challenges is the lack of necessary supporting infrastructure, skills, equipment and materials at the lowest levels known as grassroots.

Of late, I have been thinking about what we can do in supporting our soccer ecosystem at the earliest stage possible. Below are my best five as much as there is more to do;

  1.  Introduce a more professional scouting system.
  2.  Introduce a more professional soccer academy embedded with our school system.
  3.  Invest in professional infrastructure, materials and requirement.
  4.  Strategic partnership for resource mobilization
  5. More support in sports as serious career venture for the youth by enacting policies for private and government engagement. Think infrastructure, technical, material and finances.
Below are pictures as captured when I had the thought in my mind reflecting deeply when I used to play back in 1990 - 2010. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Training Youth Ambassadors on Digital Tools and Platforms

It was a great week! 16th - 19th July 2019

I got the opportunity to train twenty youth ambassadors from Mukuru, Huruma, Mathare and Kibera under the C4D, safe & inclusive cities. We tackled different digital tools and platforms for example photography and social media. The training took place at Ngong Hills Hotels supported by Plan International Kenya.

The youth ambassadors are tasked with the responsibility of becoming good role models and catalyst of positive change in their communities by either organizing training, awareness campaigns or  through documenting activities around safe and inclusive cities through different media platforms.

Brief summary of what we covered;
  1. Photography - how to create quality pictures using the available tool for example smart phones.
  2. Blogging - creative writing and storytelling.
  3. Social media - how to create strategies for community awareness through social media.

In pictures; below are some of the moments during the session;

  • - Group work and discussions
  • - Online research
  • - Photography
  • - Blogging 
  • - Social media and presentations

In case you want a group of youth to be trained on life-skill, photography, social media, creative writing, presentation skills, creative entrepreneurship and finances I'm here to connect with them offering the best experience ever for learning... Get in touch please visit my blog too!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Unmasking The Kenya That We Want

#FixTheSoftware #ValueBasedSociety

Opinion Desk!
Do you care if you see public resources being vandalized or misused?
I think if I'm not wrong from my knowledge and interaction, majority of Kenyans have lived to adapt and adopt the new normal of I DON'T CARE mentality when it comes to public resources being vandalized or misused and as a result it has also contributed to the high levels of impunity, corruption and environment degradation for example garbage dumping anyhow among others.

    Mobile phone +throughMyens, early morning at racecourse road Nairobi Kenya.
Unless we fix our value system we will continue to witness our society's value fabric being torned apart in all sphere of our life leaving the next generation with almost nothing to build a sustainable future.

So what is value based society?

In my understanding this a system that upholds the rule of law as enshrined within some set of values that binds a nation together despite of our ethnicity, age, occupation etc.The values not only will be found written with bold ink on paper but would also be felt and practiced at all levels of the society.
A good example is, we don't need a police to watch over us to do what is right at all times. You will find in some places we have working traffic lights  which will still be backed up with traffic police just to make sure we are in the  right.
What are some of the things in your opinion that needs fixing from the 'software' perspective meanings soft skills or values?