NAIROBI, August 16 – The youth stand to benefit the most from the development strides that the government is currently making, President Mwai Kibaki has said.
The Head of State said Saturday that his government was investing of billions of shillings in infrastructure so as to make Kenya the most competitive economy in the region and ensure that the youth have access to quality and well paying jobs.
Addressing finalists of this year’s Kenya Music Festival who performed during the State Concert at State House, President Kibaki expressed satisfaction that many international firms were now making Kenya their regional headquarters.
He added that the infrastructure that was being built would also enable the youth to establish businesses that can effectively compete in the local, regional and international job markets.
On the education front, President Kibaki observed that a total of Sh380 million had been allocated to support co-curricular activities in learning institutions but emphasized the need to have a balanced and all-round educational curriculum.
“We will continue to invest more resources in this very important area which helps to nurture the emotional, psychological and physical growth and development of our children. In this respect, I am happy to see children taking part in co-curricular activities at an early age,” President Kibaki said.
He assured the youth that his Government was developing policies and guidelines that would ensure that young artists reap maximum benefit from their talents.
In recognition of the important role that music and other related creative arts played in national development, President Kibaki said his government launched Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2005 on Education, Training and Research which provides a framework for the promotion of the country’s national heritage.
While revisiting the issue of school unrest, the President advised the youth to uphold respect for authority so that cases of indiscipline in schools could be minimized.
President Kibaki also asked the youth to strive to be ambassadors of peace wherever they go, saying they should reject tribalism and other social vices that might divide the country.
“As young people, you stand to lose most if the peace in our country,” he advised.