NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s future growth can only be secured by
nurturing the youth and preparing them to take on the future with
the skills necessary to keep moving the country forward, a
government official said on Sunday.
Irungu Nyakera, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Planning,
said in a commentary published in the Standard Newspaper that the
government has committed to empowering the youth through key
“Given the important role of young people in the country’s future
growth, the youth are set to be the greatest beneficiaries of the
6.5 million targeted jobs to be created over the next five years,”
The ruling party’s manifesto which has been assimilated in the Third
Medium Term, and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals also targets to empower the youth.
Nyakera said that like most growing economies, Kenya’s youth
comprise the largest percentage of the population.
He noted that despite the tremendous economic growth witnessed in
the country in the past decade, the youth still constitute an
overwhelming majority of the unemployed.
“As the population expands and more young people join the job
market, the consequences of youth unemployment, if left unresolved,
can be detrimental,” he added.
The principal secretary said that the overarching youth empowerment
pipeline will begin with ensuring that the youth have the right
education and skills to take on future employment.
Some of the significant interventions to be undertaken by government
include upskilling the youth through Technical Vocational Education
and Training expansion, revitalization and staffing of technical
training institutes and increasing student loans to universities as
well as aligning the curriculum to industry needs.
Nyakera said the graduates will then be equipped for the job market
through internship and apprenticeship programs.
The government has also established a Youth Development Council to
link youth to opportunities, and will extend tax incentives to
organizations on boarding interns.
The government further will invest in initiatives to improve
infrastructure, nurture talent, and strengthen institutions in
sports, culture and the arts.
Nyakera said that the youth who are keen on entrepreneurship will
also benefit from improved access to finance and affordable credit.
He noted that achieving these objectives for the youth and the
country at large, is anchored on growing the economy and ensuring
that Kenya remains a preferred investment hub in order to increase
foreign direct investments.