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Government embarks on a massive youth programmes, reveals Prof. Kobia


Government embarks on a massive youth programmes, reveals Prof. Kobia
Nairobi, May 29, 2018
The Government has embarked on mega youth training and internship programmes aimed at securing employment and skills development through the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Programme (KEYOP).
This was revealed by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Professor, Margaret Kobia in a speech read on her behalf by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Rachel Shebesh during the launch of the Youth Mainstreaming Workshop at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi on Tuesday.

CS Kobia said that the programme targets youth aged 18-29 years who are unemployed and are up to Form 4 level education.
“Over 70,000 youth will be given an opportunity to get at least a four-month workplace experience over the next five years. Youth mainstreaming should be viewed as a comprehensive and positive approach aimed at eliminating inequalities between men and women at all levels to catalyse development in all sectors”, Prof Kobia noted.
“The Government continues dedicating resources to youth empowerment initiatives and seeks to put in place policies that will create opportunities for our young people with the aim of boosting Kenya’s development, create wealth and employment for the youth”, CS Kobia added while emphasizing that youth mainstreaming in socio-economic development should be based on the understanding that young women and men have different life experiences.
Toward this end, the Cabinet Secretary noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta has set a vision with a promise for the youth, which has core opportunities for employment, participation in governance, enterprise development, education and skills enhancement, health, well-being and peaceful coexistence for all.
Outlining several measures being put in place to mitigate on youth mainstreaming, Prof Kobia cited the progressive constitution which provides for equal treatment of women and men, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.

In addition to the Constitutional provisions, CS Kobia further noted that Kenya’s economic development blue print, the Vision 2030, clearly embraces mainstreaming as a strategy to poverty reduction by envisioning investments targeting the youth, in its ambitious goal of providing high quality of life to all citizens by 2030.”
Further, She pointed out that the government has set aside a minimum of 30% of all its entire procurement through Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), to enterprises owned by the youth, women and persons living with disabilities (PLWDs), thus broadening affirmative action- a major milestone in its efforts to mainstream youth, gender and persons with disability.

Prof. Kobia also said that the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, the Women Enterprise Fund and Uwezo Fund continue to provide support to young people who wish to start or expand their enterprises.
The Cabinet Secretary reminded the participants that the workshop, which brings together youths from the East Africa region, is intended to provide them with an opportunity to interacte, exchange ideas and learn from one another in the spirit of delivering the overall goal of bringing young people to the core of socio-economic development.
Concluding her remarks the CS hailed the Commonwealth Secretariat for their support in sponsoring the event saying the gesture will deepen this partnership towards the full realization of empowerment of young people.
“To all our partners and stakeholders, we want to assure you of our continued commitment to work with you in our efforts to empower the youth,” Prof. Kobia said.

Others who spoke were Head of Social Policy Division and Commonwealth Secretariat Mr. Layne Robinson.

Mr. Robinson assured that Commonwealth Secretariat would continue partnering with the countries in the region to strengthen youth mainstreaming agenda.


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