Clemson scholars to address Kenyan youth development challenges in webcast
CLEMSON — Lawrence Allen, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Health, Education, and Human Development and professor of parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM), will discuss “Youth Development Challenges in Kenya” as a guest on the “Solutions to the Dropout Crisis” webcast at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Allen, an expert on Kenya and a visiting professor at Kenya’s Maasai Mara University, will be joined on the “Solutions” webcast by James Nampushi, a researcher, author, native Kenyan and PRTM Ph.D. candidate.
This special “Solutions” webcast combines education and travelogue in Allen’s discussion of his work in youth development in Kenya and the holistic approach taken in delivering skills training in small business and entrepreneurship, expertise that is highly regarded in the African nation.
Nampushi, who also is renowned as a Maasai warrior, will share his observations of the Kenyan K-12 public and private school systems and the resilience students must possess in pursuit of their educations. Nampushi, with Noah Welsh of Clemson University, recently had their article, “Access Issues in Kenyan Primary Education,” published in ENGAGE: The International Journal of Research and Practice on Student Engagement.
In keeping with his commitment to youth education and development and global engagement, Allen has visited virtually every continent on the globe, and has been to Kenya seven times in the past five years as a Clemson faculty member. Nampushi is the first member of the Maasai tribe to come to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. His interests include creating a sustainable balance between people, planet and profit in his country.
The “Solutions” episode featuring Allen and Nampushi may be viewed online or through the ClemsonTV web portal and clicking on the “Solutions” icon. Participation is free, and no registration is required. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and ClemsonTV websites provide viewers with supplementary materials, resources and other information related to topics discussed and all “Solutions” episodes are archived in their entirety future viewing.
“Solutions to the Dropout Crisis” is produced by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network in partnership with Clemson Broadcast Productions, and with the support of Catapult Learning and Penn Foster.
With a mission of increasing graduation rates, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications and variety of professional development activities and conferences.