NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – The government is in the process of reviewing the National Youth Policy, Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has said.
Speaking during the Youth Summit at State House Nairobi on Monday, Kariuki indicated that the policy will seek to focus on major issues affecting the youth such as crime, insecurity and drug and substance abuse.
She further pointed out that focus will be on employment as an opportunity to turn the youth into economic contributors of this country.
“We are in the process of reviewing the National Youth Policy which is somewhat out of date so that we are able to bring in the conversations that we will be picking from you and anything else that we will be picking from the youth so that then we have the youth driving the youth agenda,” the Youth Affairs and Gender CS said.
Kariuki revealed that the Youth Enterprise Development Fund has already disbursed Sh11.7 billion and that more than 25,000 youths have been absorbed into the SGR project.
“Our focus is on employment as an opportunity to turn our youth into economic contributors of this country. Our agenda is to highlight what the government has done for the youth and what it is planning to do,” she said.
She also indicated that the government has initiated youth empowerment programs mainly headed by the National Youth Service.
“We will be focusing also on the implementation of the National Youth Empowerment Strategy whose special emphasis runs from issues of youth and leadership participation, skilled development and employment as well as talent identification and development of ICT especially the online jobs,” she stated.
At the same time, the Youth CS stated that other areas the government will focus on include major issues affecting the youth such as crime, insecurity and drug and substance abuse.
She explained that business avenues have also been reserved through cyber cafes that have been opened at Huduma Centres.
“There is continuous involvement of the youth in matters of decision making especially in the county level. We have thousands of youth that have been taken up the agriculture and jua kali sectors.”
The Youth CS stated that more emphasis will be put on promoting discipline, self-awareness and patriotism among the youth in the country. “We have conducted a sensitisation programme to reach out to the youth on how to access funds.”