Kenya launches Sh5b youth program

June 30, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – A Sh5 billion initiative has been launched by the government together with the World Bank which is aimed at increasing employment opportunities for the youth.

The Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme (KYEP) will be targeting people between 18 to 35 years of age and seeks to improve their skills in various fields to increase their chances of employment.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said on Wednesday that participants will be provided with work experience and skills through internship programmes in the formal and informal sectors.

“The main objective of this component is to improve youth employability by providing the youth with work experience and skills through the creation of internships and relevant training in the formal and informal sectors,” the Deputy Premier said.

“This component is a pilot that addresses the lack of skills and work experience for disadvantaged young men and women,” he added.

He said the programme will also seek to improve the skills of officials charged with the training of the participants.

“Capacity building and policy development amounts to Sh122,850 to enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to implement the national youth policy and increase the institutional capacity for youth policy planning,” he stated.

Speaking at the same venue, Youth Affairs and Sports minister Hellen Sambili urged the youth to come up with viable proposals which can be financed by the fund.

She pointed out that ultimately, the KYEP project targets to help at least 190, 000 beneficiaries.

She said that it is only through belief in themselves and their efforts that the programme can be successful.

“We must strive to lead by aligning our energies positively. This initiative is projecting a situation where every vulnerable household is assured of an income,” she said.

“This is because engagement of the youth will be encompassed by the government, the private sector and our development partners,” she added.

She further outlined a future government plan to operationalise the National Youth council.

“This project therefore will witness the enhanced capacity of 300 district youth officers and operationalise the National Youth Council,” she stated.

“At the moment, there is sensitisation of the National Youth Council going on at the grass root level in all parts of the country.”


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