, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – The government says it is in a process of establishing Youth Empowerment Centers across all the sub counties to tap on the great potential of the youth.
Speaking during the International Youth Day Celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government is keen on taping skill by young people to drive its agenda going forward.
According to Kenyatta, these centres act as ‘one-stop shops’, where youth can access key services as well as acquire skills for their personal development. He added that 21 the centres are already fully operational, with another 60 to be fully functioning by the end of 2019.
“We expect each and every Young Person in the country to be able to utilize the services available within these Centres to access online opportunities, acquire new skills and competencies. Furthermore, the services provided in these centres will enable the youth to build collaborative networks with like-minded enterprising youth in Kenya and internationally, receive training and mentorship, to mention, but a few,” he said.
Kenyatta challenged young people to take advantage of the various initiatives already put in place by the government for their economic benefits.
The initiatives include the “Young Africa Works Programme”, launched a few weeks, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, which aims to create more than 2 million jobs in the next 5 years.
Another such initiative is the ‘MbeleNaBiz’ Business Plan Competition under the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project, which aims to expand new and existing youth-led enterprises by providing them with grant funding and/or business plan training.
“I encourage all youth with entrepreneurial talent to take advantage and utilize these and other similar Government initiatives, to prosper,” Kenyatta said.
This Year the International Youth Day was celebrated under the theme Transforming Education with Education.