Career Day

02 July 2009

Aga Khan Students explore Ethics.

On the 20th of June 2009 the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi hosted its annual Career Day. This year’s theme was fitting given the current global economic situation, “Ethical Practices in Today’s Global Economy.” The participants who attended were treated to a variety of different booths at the Career Expo from various universities around the world, various industry professionals and service providers. The main highlights of the day were from the Keynote Speaker and the Panel Discussion “Applying Ethics in the Workplace.”

Our Keynote Speaker, Cornelia Roettger, currently the Head of Business Alliance Against Chronic Hunger for the World Economic Forum, opened up the session on Saturday morning. Her remarks took the students through various experiences in her life including growing up in Germany, working for an American company, Proctor and Gamble, as her first job, and her experiences that brought her to Africa. She reminded all the audience members of their ability to make smart choices. She left with a piece of advice, asking each member of the audience to look in the mirror every morning to see how they have grown.

Following the Keynote, the participants were treated to a Panel discussion on “Applying Ethics in the Workplace.” Participants were able to hear from top leaders in their fields on a variety of topics including corruption in Kenya, how should ethics be taught, what are ethics, and ethical foundations in each one of their fields. The panelists included:

In his Commencement Address at the University of Alberta on 9h June 2009, His Highness the Aga Khan spoke in great detail on ethics and ethical practices. He said, “It seems to me to be the responsibility of educators everywhere to help develop ‘ethically literate’ people who can reason morally whenever they analyse and resolve problems, who see the world through the lens of ethics, who can articulate their moral reasoning clearly - even in a world of cultural and religious diversity - and have the courage to make tough choices. And it is clear that the quality of ethical leadership throughout society can in great measure be shaped by our educational institutions.” This is one small step that we are doing that at the Aga Khan Academy to ensure that our students will be able to be leaders now and in the future.

The success of Career Day would not have been possible if it were not for our sponsors. Koala Information and Advice Centre, Nation Media Group, UNISERV Education and Elite Print Press Ltd. assisted us greatly with material resources. The event was a success because of their selfless contributions.