MKU Wins the Innovative Talloires Civic Engagement Award

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has won the Talloires Network Innovative Civic Engagement Award, 2020 for its efforts in enhancing access to clean drinking water.

The University will now receive a cash reward of Ksh 2m in recognition for its outreach programme and anti-jigger campaigns in Marsabit and Watamu, safe water programme using the water backpack as well as the mobility programme.

The distribution of over 10,000 water backpacks that provide access to safe water transport and storage for hundreds of thousands of people; treatment of over 1000 jigger infested pupils and eradication of jigger infestations in Marsabit leading to improved school performance was one the key indicators in winning the award.

The award winning project titled “Co-creation strategies for improving the health of children and access to safe water in a time of crisis” is part of the University Award for Innovative Civic Engagement, a program established by the Talloires Network in partnership with Open Society Foundations.

Ms. Lorlene Hoyt, Executive Director, Talloires Network said the award aims to discover, learn from, and support the leadership of novel university civic engagement partnerships that connect universities and local communities in ways that contribute to more equal and more inclusive societies.

MKU has been awarded in recognition of the involvement of the students, staff and University leaders in implementation of community-based activities in Kenyan communities in partnership with Partners for Care (PFC).

The joint activities are managed through a joint MKU/PFC committee of 5 members, 2 nominated by each institution and a committee chairperson nominated every two years by the head of either institutions on a rotational basis.

The committee is currently chaired by Dr. Peter G. Kirira, Ag. Principal College of Graduate Studies & Research.

The cash award will support distribution of water backpacks and hand wash units during COVID-19 pandemic in different parts of the country and to reach an additional 3,500 pupils with jigger infestation in Watamu, Kilifi County.

In addition, Talloires Network will sponsor a member of the University faculty to the Talloires Network Leaders Conference at Harvard University in September 2021.

Other recipients of the award include Meridian Global University, Cameroon; Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico; National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and the University of Zimbabwe.

 

  

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