Guidance & Counselling

Preamble 

In this era, Kenya continues to experience rapid changes industrially, occupationally, socially, and economically. These changes are creating challenges for students, staff and the entire Nyeri National Polytechnic (NNP) community. A rapidly changing lifestyle; violence in homes, divorced parents; single parents; teenage suicide; substance abuse; and sexual experimentation are just a few examples of these challenges. These challenges are real, and they are having substantial impact on the personal/social, career, and academic development of students, staff and the entire NNP community.

The Institute has developed a comprehensive guidance and counseling program as an integral part of the college activities. The program addresses the needs of all by facilitating students, staff and the entire NNP community with personal/social assistance as well as helping create positive and safe climates in the institution. At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems by engaging in different activities like attending NNP group meetings, workshops, seminars and trainings. 

Vision

To be a centre of excellence in providing Guidance & Counseling services. 

Mission

To provide quality guidance and counseling services to be able to meet the holistic needs of the NNP community.

Core Values

Teamwork                 Confidentiality              Non-judgmental             Non-partiality

Professionalism          Accountability              Integrity

Core Functions

The department provides the following services to NNP community:

  • Sensitize and educate trainees on matters of Alcohol and Drug abuse as well as encourage trainees to avoid risks of ADA
  • Sensitize and educate trainees and staff on matters of HIV/AIDS and encourage them to avoid the risks of HIV/AIDS.
  • Guidance services; on Education career and social issues.
  • Individual and group counseling; according to the client’s issues.
  • Responsible adulthood and cultivation of a positive mental attitude to facilitate academic achievement.
  • Public lectures on topical issues.
  • VCT services; open to the entire community.
  • Welfare and outreach activities.

Achievements:

  • Most students and staff have been trained on HIV/AIDS attitude change.
  • NYERI NATIONAL POLY HIV/AIDS Policy developed and launched
  • NERI NATIONAL POLY policy on ADA developed and launched.
  • Service charter for the department developed.
  • VCT Service availed every quarter/term.
  • Informational and inspiring public lectures have been delivered on relevant topics, such as; drugs and substance abuse, reproductive health, stress management, etc.
  • Student and staff requiring guidance and counseling are assisted regularly.
  • Mentoring programs aimed at equipping students with life skills and information on social and emerging issues is on course.
  • Establishment of peer educators club and training of members.

All these achievements are due to the support of the administration, Counseling team, HODs, teaching and non-teaching staff and the students.

As a department, we are grateful. God, bless you all.