School Talks by Mbugua Mumbi

Becoming an ‘A’ student in life

A Life Skills mentorship Approach for Molding a Holistic Person

As parents and teachers of teens and young adults, we’re faced with a myriad of challenges arising from the fast paced global change. One of the biggest challenges today is the amount of time spent on the entertainment gadgets like mobile phone, TV, videos, face book and others. Many teens and young adults face behavioral, emotional, or learning problems beyond the normal teenage issues. They may repeatedly engage in risky behaviors such as violence, truancy, drinking, drug use, sex, self-harming, stealing, or other criminal acts. Or they may exhibit symptoms of mental health problems like depression, anxiety, or eating disorders.
We are witnessing an erosion of traditional systems and institutions. As such the family and religion now have a minimal impact on the average youngster. The values emphasized today, especially by the mass media, include individualism, Godlessness, materialism, affluence, secularism and rationalism.
The mass media, especially, is influencing the youth to give up certain family and social values that were an integral part of their identity and adopt in its place a sense of self-alienation, and become a self-estranged imitator of everything "modern".
Our present educational system has trivialized moral character and self-awareness and exemplified competition, personal glory and heroism. Academic ‘As’ have been overemphasized at the expense of moral ‘As’. Hence today the youth lack the requisite moral guidance for achieving holistic success.
Mbugua Mumbi’s strongly feels that the fatal gap that exists between the school system and real life ought to be of great concern to the discerning mind. Specifically, here are the main concerns:

  1. The gap between the way students learn and the way adults teach.
  2. The gap between students' expectations and the way life really is.
  3. The gap between the pleasurable world of adolescence and the pressurized world of adulthood.
  4. The gap between the instant world of technology (pleasure without conscience) and the grinding world of adult responsibility.
  5. The gap between charting own informed direction for success and peer pressure.
  6. The gap between academic careers and purpose driven life
  7. The gap between the ‘known’ environmental challenges to success and the ‘unknown’ unlimited innate potential.

His talks and mentorship programmes help to narrow this gap.