Opinion: Good education has potential to harness leadership qualities

Opinion: Good education has potential to harness leadership qualities

American philosopher and psychologist John Bewey once said: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

There are many leaders around the world who were built by their formative education. Some because of it, while other despite it.

Recent reports of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s childhood have begun to shed some light on how his educational experience, especially at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, have shaped a man who has become a leader in the true sense of the world and has engaged in some unprecedented agendas over the last few years.

First, the petri dish that was St Mary’s School, with children from various backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities, was an excellent guide on how to judge a fellow according to their personality and work rate, not their origins.

According to others who attended the school, everything at St Mary’s was premised on meritocracy.Over the years, it has become clear that Uhuru is a leader who cares less for a person’s origins and more for a person’s merit.

He has attended to all tribes, regions and religions in Kenya equally, not prioritising one over another.

Uhuru has his most trusted officials from a variety of backgrounds and is a great example for a nation still fighting with the demons of tribalism.

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