Being a young person in Kenya right now is such a privilege. There are so many people interested in the growth and development of young people. It is amazing to stakeholders taking part in improving the lives of the young. Young people are the epitome of Kenya. They are the ones who will change Kenya for the good.
Recently, there was a launch of the Youth empowerment Programme, with the aid of Safaricom Foundation and Generation Kenya. This program aides to help young people aged between 18-35years with job-ready skills. Intensive training is carried out between 4 -8 weeks and after this job placement is done.
According to research by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics(K. N. B. S), seven million Kenyans are unemployed an out of these 1.4million have been desperately looking for work. 9/10 Kenyans are 35 years and below, with the largest unemployment rate being young people between 20-24 years old. Wouldn’t we want to see this number change? It is very worrying.
It was eye opening to see a young lady of 21 years old giving her story about how she had searched for a job, after high school and she was not getting positive results. After going through the training by Generation Kenya, she was given a job by a company, where she currently is a supervisor.
It is stories like these that give hope and courage to young people. To know that people out there care for us and want to fight unemployment is good. Which means progress is being made.
Generation Kenya works closely with the Government of Kenya, through Technical Vocation and Education Training(TVET) to ensure world class curriculum and methodology is used for training young people for employment.
The event was presided by Dr. Kevit Desai, the Principal Secretary for the Technical Vocation and Education Training(TVET), Principal Secretary in the State of Post Training and Skills Development, Mr Alfred Cheruiyot, Safaricom Foundation Trustee, Sylvia Mulinge, USAID Kenya and East Africa Deputy Mission Director, Heather Schlidge, Senoir Partner at McKinsey Company, Mr. Kartik Jayaram and Generation Kenya CEO, Mr. Ramakhrishnan Hariharan.
Furthermore, Safaricom Foundation has committed to give KES 39million towards the program for the next three years.
This will be a great partnership as unemployment of the youth in Kenya will be a thing of the past. Young people are being empowered and this makes us feel cared for and appreciated.