Did you find what you were learning was relevant to Kenya?
One of the unique examination methods was tutor-marked assignments. We would be given a choice of questions and you'd be required to use local knowledge and local information to answer.
I found these questions very enriching, and I deliberately chose questions that were basically local - about the livestock production systems, about the situations in the country. And by going out into the industry, for example, to government or research departments, you can find a lot of information, which helped to make it a local content course.
You balanced your study with a full-time job. How did you manage it?
The distance-learning method is quite a challenge for people who are working. I found it very difficult, especially when you are going home and you are tired. You always have a feeling that you want to postpone learning to the next day.
I would advise anyone doing distance learning to plan ahead - if you're going to do it in four years, how are you going to do it? And stick to those schedules. If you lag behind, you lag behind for good.
So now that you’ve finished the course, what are your plans?
I feel very confident that I'll be able to do a better job in my workplace. I also have a dream that I will go into consultancy work to advise East African governments on decisions using risk analysis.
Daniel studied with a Commonwealth Scholarship, a scheme that supports outstanding candidates who can make major contributions to the needs of their home countries.
In 2017 through 2018, he spent 12 months consulting for the Centre of Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), implementing a project called "Capacity Building in Risk Assessment, Official Controls and Reinforcement of Inspection Service in Africa". His tasks in the project included preparing an animal health risk analysis training manual, assessing the structure and capacity of official controls in animals health in the region, developing an inspection manual for most traded animal commodities, training officials of competent authorities on these aspects as well as proposing recommendations for rapid response for animal health and food safety emergency for East African Community.
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Written by Suraya Saleh