NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has emphasised the importance of partnering with the youth and involving their innovations and energy across social, political and economic dockets.
Speaking ahead of the State House Youth Summit to take place on Monday, Kariuki stated the need to invest in young people for sustainable and equitable development.
“It is imperative that any decision made whether in the social, political and economic sphere should put the youth at the centre,” she said.
“We need to partner with the youth and encourage them to utilise their energy as well as the innovation and will power.”
She indicated that the Kenya Youth Survey Report released by the East African Institute in January shows that the youth account for 35.5 percent of the Kenyan population.
“The report also stated that in the coming future, 77 percent of Kenyans will be richer materially due to better access to education and more jobs for the youth,” she said.
She however pointed out that in spite of this socio-economic projection and analysis, the greatest barrier still facing the youth in Kenya is unemployment and extreme poverty.
“Seventy percent of the total youth population are unemployed and 90 percent of unemployed youth have no vocational skills or training.”
She stated that during the State House Summit, the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs will engage the youth in an open forum which will touch on many subjects outlining the challenges and opportunities facing the youth.
The summit is expected to host 250 participants mainly drawn from youth organisations, the government and civil society.