By Michael Opiyo.
Former St. Lilyanna Preparatory School top pupil in 2014 Kenya Certificate Primary Education (KCPE) examination in Kajiado County, Victor Kananda was recently picked to participate in Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) academic and enrichment programme held in Zimbabwe during the 2017 August Holiday.
Kananda was admitted to Mangu High School for secondary education.
Yale University in USA has an initiative known as intensive academic and enrichment programme designed for African secondary students planning to pursue tertiary education.
Kananda who is in Form 3 joined other students from various secondary schools across Africa who were selected to participate in the programme.
“We were briefed on life in campus and how to cope when you join the university. Career choice was also part of the guidelines we received. Research has shown that many students have wrongly chosen careers and later dropped out after realizing the course one chose doesn’t fit in his or her life,” Kananda explained.
He said during the programme students are paired with mentors from local organizations and US university students.
“For one to be shortlisted, they consider basically what you do in school, such as transcript from F1 to F3, essay and the co-curriculum activities one participates in,” he said.
“I appreciate the firm foundation I got at St. Lilyanna Preparatory School through both academic and co-curricular activities,” he noted and appealed to his fellows students to try their luck by applying online to take part in the programme.