Students have been called upon to take up volunteer opportunities in community service.Speaking during a youth mentorship programme Dr Rukiya Atkiya, a senior lecturer at Umma University encouraged the students to utilize the attained knowledge to benefit the community through volunteer activities.
“Get involved in volunteerism”
During the forum held at Umma University in Kajiado, Dr. Rukiya also underscored the need to create a digital platform that will enable mentors to connect with mentees. She further urged Muslim institutions to empower young Muslims with leadership skills to nurture them as future leaders ‘Empowering the next generation of young Muslim leaders should be of paramount significance to every Muslim organization,” she said. Highlighting the importance of volunteerism in the society, the guest speaker at the forum organized by Umma University and the Africa Education and Development Trust (AEDT) Hassan Mohamed a Management and Social responsibility consultant – said the basic principles of community service were based on compassion and commitment and reminded the youth that they have a heavy responsibility to give a helping hand in community projects.
On her part, Mwanaidi Akida – a counsellor at Umma University – said volunteerism was an ‘an obligation to all’ as she urged the Muslim youth to spare a few hours from their tight schedule to give back to the community.The mentorship forum is an initiative of AEDT, a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower communities through education financing. The organization provides interest-free study loans for students pursuing higher education. Beyond financing higher education, AEDT seeks to inculcate values of volunteerism and community service.