United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime visits the USIU-Africa Business Club

By Yviona Musa

Representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Phoebe Mwangi and Jennifer Githu, visited the USIU-Africa Business Club on March 24, 2023. The Club, which has its own constitution, boasts 150 registered members and is rapidly expanding. The meeting, chaired by Debra Kyalo, a member of the club committee, was attended by more than 50 members. During the forum, UNODC was open to hearing various business ideas from the students. Melchizedek Michira presented an idea on the challenge of lack of access to good schools for children with autism, while another idea was to partner with successful alumni who are willing to support business ideas financially.

The meeting also discussed efforts to recruit more members to the business club. One proposal was to engage more in school and fun activities that could serve as both idea-generating workshops and team-building activities. Additionally, the business club proposed collaborating with the film club to create streamlined content that would be essential in the rebranding process.

Dennis Miano, a lecturer, explained UNODC's project, designing modules and training faculty members. He emphasized the need for modules that ensure continuity and intrinsic motivation. UNODC offers free self-paced business courses, scholarships, competitions, and other opportunities for the business club members.

The meeting ended with Prof. Allan urging members to put into action all that was discussed. He advised them to be vigilant in detecting societal problems and providing possible solutions that would empower themselves and others. Additionally, he stressed the importance of building networks while in university, as change begins with individuals and a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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