CLIMBING MT. KENYA IN HONOR OF NELSON MANDELA – DeKUT CLIMB TO EDUCATE 5TH EDITION
In February 2015, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) launched DeKUT Endowment Fund - established with the goal of supporting students to access and successfully complete the highly competitive programmes offered by the University through provision of scholarships and bursaries. The fund will be developed further to support the wider mandate of the University and her goal to run as a world academic centre of excellence. One of the pioneer activities towards the fund is an annual expedition to Mt. Kenya dubbed “Climb to Educate.”
As Mandela would have turned 100 years this year, DeKUT was nominated by the High Commission of South Africa to celebrate his centenary owing to attributes that the University strongly identifies with; the vision, ideas and life – time engagements of Nelson Mandela and his congruence to Dedan Kimathi Wachiuri after whom the University is named. We have therefore been working with the South Africa High Commission in celebrating the centenary of this legend in a special way. One of the identified ways is to dedicate this year’s climb to the legend; climbing Mt. Kenya in honor of Nelson Mandela.
On 21st September 2018, the South Africa High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Anita Koleka Mqulwana joined the University Vice Chancellor in flagging off this year’s expedition at the University grounds.
WHY WE ARE HONORING THIS LEGEND
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology exists to bring about the improvement of the society. Founded as a community initiative, DeKUT strives to better peoples’ lives through quality education, research, innovation and technology transfer for national development. All decisions made by the management of the University stem from the desire to create a transformation through leadership and innovation by Africans for Africans. It is this same desire that drove Nelson Mandela to be the first leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”); a new armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). This resulted to a trial several years later that put him behind bars for nearly three decades. After his release in 1990, Mandela continued his leadership in ANC and successfully negotiated for an end to apartheid and the establishment of a multiracial government. In 1994, Nelson Mandela was elected and sworn in as the 1st black president of South Africa. As president, Mandela introduced numerous social and economic programs designed to improve the living standards of South Africa’s black population.
One of our core values is diversity. This is represented by one of our brand visuals – the logo - with two open hands which symbolize the University’s role in serving as a link between the histories of Kenyan’s pursuit of freedom. The open hands further represent the University’s commitment to inclusiveness. Improving race relations, discouraging blacks from retaliating against the white minority and building a new international image of a united South Africa were central to President Mandela’s agenda. In 1996, Mandela presided over the enactment of a new South African constitution, which established a strong central government based on majority rule and prohibited discrimination against minorities, including whites.
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology is named after the freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi Wachiuri. Just like Nelson Mandela, Dedan Kimathi fought for independence of this nation; for the well being of ordinary people. Dedan Kimathi’s and Nelson Mandela’s vision, ideas, life-time engagements, actions and outcomes are attributes which this University strongly identifies with in pursuit of our mission to bring about improvement in the society. We commemorate the liberation struggle as we strive to be a great contributor to change.