Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

4 February 2013

East Africa: Kenyan Students On EAC Integration Awareness Drive

Nairobi — FIVE students from Kenya's Egerton University will be touring the East African Region on a mission to create awareness on the benefits and opportunities of the EAC integration for the youths in the region.

The one-week tour started yesterday. The quintet, who won in the just concluded Ministry of East African Community's inter-university social media challenge, will tour Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda where they will visit the ministries of EAC in the partner States and local universities.

The three-month Connect, Vuka Border Social Media challenge was geared towards awareness creation, of the EAC Integration, its benefits and opportunities, and encourages students to support the process. A total of 14 local universities, both public and private participated in the challenge that saw the students collect over 12,000 epetitions, that they presented to their Vice Chancellors to entrench EAC weeks in their calendars.

The campaign is part of the wider, "The Journey is on Course" EAC campaign that aims at sealing the information gap that exists between Kenyan citizens and those of other EAC partner States on the integration process.

During the trip, the students who have also been crowned as EAC integration ambassadors will seek to create awareness of the whole campaign as well as share their experiences on utilizing social media to spread the integration message.

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