, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Migori constituency has been rated as one with the best performing youth empowerment centres in the country.
Africa Youth Trust Project Manager Stella Agara said on Tuesday that Othaya and Gatundu came in second and third respectively following a survey in 47 constituencies while Kacheliba and Mbita were ranked bottom.
“In the score card we found out that most of the centres that have been set up do exist in terms of a physical structure. We also established that most of them don’t have programs running. We also noted with a lot of concern that the centres are not very functional in the sense that they are not benefiting the youth as they should,” Agara said.
Africa Youth Trust was created in 2005 to spearhead a youth-led development model in Kenya with a view to replicate in other African countries.
Project co-ordinator Festus Ouko noted that out of the 105 youth empowerment centres countrywide, only 20 were properly functional.
“Msambweni constituency is interesting because we found out that people do know the youth empowerment centre is there but it’s actually not being used as such, it is actually a warehouse,” Ouko noted.
“There needs to be a clear division of roles between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Constituency Development Fund who were supposed to be running the program, so that we can know who is not doing what they are supposed to,” he added.
The youth empowerment centres, which are part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 were set up to minimise the prevalence of drug and substance use among the youth.
The project involves creatively engaging young people with a view to tapping their talent and creating opportunities for them.
The centres were supposed to be equipped to provide services such as voluntary counselling and training centres, ICT facilities, library and information services, training and performance facilities in music, dance and performing arts.