Tuesday February 14, 2017, (MFA Press) — The newly recruited Foreign Service cadets currently undertaking a three-month induction course at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) held a Cultural Festival yesterday to display diverse Kenyan cultures through traditional artifacts, song, dance and regalia.
The Director of Administration, Mr. Henry Obino, speaking on behalf of Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma congratulated the cadets for the excellent cultural presentations.
Mr. Obino said that the course was meant to expose the cadets to one of the Kenya’s Foreign Policy pillars – Cultural Diplomacy – stating that the work of a foreign service officer is to promote Kenya’s interest abroad by projecting Kenya’s image as well as promoting the interests of Kenyans in the Diaspora.
The cadets showcased what they have learnt through projecting Kenya’s cultural values, norms and way of life. The cultural groupings include: The Maa community (Maasai, Ilchamus, Rendile, Samburu): the Rift Valley (Teso, Turkana, Keiyo, Kipsigis, Ogiek, Pokot); Gema (Kikuyu, Embu, Meru, Akamba); Nomads ( Somali, Garreh, Borana, Gabbra, Nubi, Bajun); Western Bantu (Kisii, Luhya, Kuria); Nyanza (Luo); Mita (Mijikenda, Taita, Taveta).
KSG Director General Dr. Ludeki Chweya urged the Cadets to defend and protect Kenya’s rich and diverse culture abroad as it represents Africa’s uniqueness.
Cultural diplomacy is one of the five pillars of the Kenyan Foreign Policy developed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at improving the country’s image. It involves exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations.
The training is being facilitated by the Foreign Service Academy.
Present during the event were Head East Africa Directorate Amb. Ruth Solitei, Head of Cultural Diplomacy Ms. Hellen Gichuhi, Head Welfare Eunice Ndulu, Training Coordinator Sarah Ngethe and Ministry staff.