The President asked youths to grap opportunities offered by his government even as he acknowledged various challenges that hindered their progress, unemployment being the elephant in the room.
During the International Youth Day Celebrations on Aug 11, 2018, he reassured youths of his commitment to help better their livelihoods through various programs that are youth-friendly.
The President noted that three quarters of all Kenyans are below 35 years of age,are energetic and innovative, and only require a good economic environment andsupport to help the country develop.
He stated the benefits of the Ajira Digital Programme, which offers guidance on how to work online, stating that it is a game changer that will help accelerate economic growth in the country.
He lauded the youth for emerging the best in Africa on the use of the digital technology to improve their livelihoods.Uhuru urges the youth to take up online business oppotunities
Over 5,000 youths attended the event which was organized by the Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs in partnership with Kisii County Government.
The celebrations in Kisii were part of the global events under the United Nations to address challenges facing the youth in the world. The event commenced a discussion on how to sanction the youth to join hands and deliberate on problems affecting the society as well as allowing them to participate in mainstream decision-making.
“Civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues. Public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community,” said President Kenyatta.
“Digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone and well-planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to pollmarginalization or violence”, he added.
President Kenyatta affirmed his awareness of the obstacles hampering youth development inthe country and in measures to deal with them, he said his administration hadset up and equipped 70 more technical and vocational institutions to help theyouth acquire skills that can help them to be self-reliant.
Various government agencies have set aside funds specifically for youths to start small businesses.
He directed all government departments to be youth-sensitive, noting that he had rolled out the paid internship programs targeting to absorb 70,000 graduates ina period of five years, adding that more than 30,000 of those will receive grants to enable them to start and grown business.
Uwezo and Affirmative funds will be fused into a joint Biashara Fund to cut downoperation costs and make them effective in offering loans to the youth.
Uwezo kitty has offered Sh6.6 billion to more than 63,000 youths since it was launched in 2013, while the Affirmative fund has since disbursed Sh5.5 billion shillings to various groups.
Prof Margaret Kobia, CS Public Service and Youth Affairs, also affirmed of herministry’s continued support to the youth.
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One of a the students explains his journey in online work since he began 2yrs ago..it’s a true indication that online work businesses are creating opportunities out there compared to any other field in the kenyans market especially in such current crisis of unemployment.