The girls were happy to meet Akili Dada founder, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

We held the August Leadership Academy on the theme ‘Owning and Leading the Self’. We brought together all the girls in the scholarship program for a series of workshops focused on imparting 21st Century skills. The workshops focused on Emotional Intelligence, Sexual Reproductive ealth and Rights as well as Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence.


During the Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence facilitated by Joyce Ngumba of Akili Dada, the girls were able to self-examine and affirm their strengths while finding ways to strengthen their weaknesses after which they watched the film ‘Mean Girls’. Using different magazine cuttings, the girls came with vision boards to map out their life goals. They learnt the different ways and skills of increasing their self-confidence.

In the Emotional Intelligence workshop, the girls learnt the different elements of EQ which are; self-awareness & confidence, self-motivation, self-management, empathy & social skills. They also looked at; measures of academic success, key skills for academic success and academic success stories and communication skills. It was facilitated by alumnae, Martha Chumo who is a student at Minerva School.

The Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights workshop was facilitated by Mark Gachagua of Women Deliver. The girls learnt about body changes, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections (STIs including HIV), Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Every evening, the girls came together for mind-cafes to discuss current topics on the continent

The scholars keenly follow the workshop proceedings

The scholars keenly follow the workshop proceedings

To wrap up the academy, the girls went on site visits to Oracle, IBM, United States International University, Strathmore University and Kenyatta University where they were mentored on different tenets of the job market and life in general. They also had an opportunity to meet the founder of Akili Dada, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg in a founder’s lecture. She shared her life journey from when she was in high school, to the moment she formed Akili Dada to transitioning to AWARD.