In the meteorological Summer of 2015, Joshua Eyaru joined a group of twelve young men and women to undertake the postgraduate certificate in applied ICTs and Leadership at IHSU. The journey of big laughs, major career strides and long hours of personal growth. When you walked into the playfully beautiful room, one student, notably quiet, keeping to himself silently stood out. This which meant that his potential could very easily evade one who was not keen to seek his opinion. This room not being the first class he had sat in, we explored what exactly he fancied, his expertise and next steps for him.
Joshua Eyaru hails from the North-Eastern Uganda lands of Soroti. With a passion for imparting positive change upon youth and children, he attained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (NGO Management) and a Bachelors in Information Technology from Kampala International University. In 2013, he won an award with Google as the “Star Google Student Ambassador in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
His desire to have that world where societies are united and free of poverty led him into peace advocacy. He then worked with a number of youth and mentored them in leadership practices, and Joshua also founded the “Youth for Reconciliation and Leadership” initiative which aims at reconciling societies together and raise visionary leaders of integrity.
It was from this point in his life that he sought to make a leader out of the pieces and bits of knowledge acquired over the years. He joined IHSU for a postgraduate Certificate in Applied ICTs and Leadership.
Life at YALI
For Joshua, applying to be part of cohort 8 of the Young African Leadership Initiative at the Regional Leadership Center East Africa in Nairobi Kenya was yet another opportunity to turn his world around. The simple application processes tasked one with proving recent/past leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
“I was now fully prepared to meet future challenges in life as a leader, especially since the program allowed me to go through a self-discovery process”
Joshua’s experience with tutors while pursuing his leadership course at International Health Sciences University made it easier for him to approach questions while applying for the program at YALI. Joshua recounts his time at IHSU saying, “I was now fully prepared to meet future challenges in life as a leader, especially since the program allowed me to go through a self-discovery process that helps you even to aligned my goals with my strength.”
“This worked for me a lot and the fact that tutors at IHSU were so practical in their mode of delivery, I was totally equipped to deal with challenging situations in life. It’s this early preparation that made my experience at YALI very easy memorable and this helped me and my team during the group projects, ” said Joshua.
“This is the kind of impact the program at IHSU had on me. The change is not something I can quantify.”
“I was able to share the experiences I learnt with my teammates, our design challenge project was not easy to handle but teamwork and proper communication between members made it easy, after our residential sessions in Nairobi, our team moved to Addis Ababa Ethiopia for research and testing our prototype. This was well done and our project was finally the best and we are currently busy with implementation. This is the kind of impact the program at IHSU had on me. The change is not something I can quantify.” he recounted.
What’s next for Joshua?
After the projects presentation at the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa in Nairobi Kenya on 18th August 2016, the graduation that followed on 19th August 2016,Joshua’s now seeks to implement his project in his local community here in Uganda.
He’s now busy working around the clock to introduce the project to different Universities and schools. Joshua believes that in few years from now thousands of students will have access to these training’s and empower them to change their communities. Through help of successful and great leaders in our universities and communities, we can help shape the future of this continent.
We look forward to bringing you Joshua’s beautifully crafted and completed solution to some of Uganda’s biggest challenges in the Education sector!