IST has lived consistently to the goal of Tangaza University College (TUC) of “preparing ethical servant leaders for the church and society in an environment of freedom and responsibility.” IST therefore has instituted an encouraging atmosphere where learning is carried out and ensuring it accounts for transferable skills to communities that deserve an upgrade from the pre-existing conditions.
With able leadership over the years, at the helm of the IST, the Director Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi, the team and structures present, IST has enabled the recruitment and training of qualified professional to undertake training roles within the institute. The professionals offer a wide range of experience and creativity to the trainees, assisting in the development of relevant knowledge and skills for qualified graduates. They offer a blend of theory and action-oriented training programmes to help the students get ready for the challenges facing our society and constitute a way out for the community.
In 2012, IST began a Diploma course in Civic and Development Education (DCDE) in Huruma to provide service learning for the residents from the surrounding informal settlements. The programme is unique through its presence in the slums, operating within the slum set up while utilizing the available learning atmosphere and encouraging students to help curate a way out for their communities.
There exists another programme launched at Christ the King Major seminary, Nyeri. The outreach programmes are meant to spread the approach of social ministry at the grassroots.
Conferences constitute an exceptional opportunity for students to learn and network with a range of linkages in attendance. In 2011, started an MBA in social entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Catholic University of Milan (ALTIS –for Alta Scuola Impresa e Societa). Through the programme we train social entrepreneurs that are creating positive impact with their social enterprises. The work of these entrepreneurs inspired the creation of African Annual Conference on Social entrepreneurship (AACOSE).
Connection with grassroot activities
IST has developed relationships with various impactful community initiatives and at this case, the social justice centers. These are institutions that spearhead the restoration of justice especially in the slums, standing up against oppressive system of governance. This is a wonderful opportunity for IST to connect with the struggle for social justice, the journey for advocacy and restoration of order within communities, which is an unending struggle.
This collaboration has helped undertake one of the festivals organized by the social justice centers, 7th Zinduka festivals, 2019, which assisted in bringing together members from across East Africa to deliberate on the status of civic space and seek a way forward for the communities. This was an important avenue for advocacy groups to learn and network, and signaled the start of an amazing relationship between IST and social justice centers.