President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the government will support the training and funding of youths as they seek to establish themselves in their businesses and ventures. Speaking at a youth training graduation ceremony at KICC, courtesy of Generation Kenya and KCB Tujiajiri, which was launched by KCB and McKenzie foundation, the president said it’s the responsibility of the leaders to work hand in hand to support and prepare the youth. He added that new models of funding for youths and students have been launched, involving organizations like The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and USAID. Government ministries have also been urged to support the youth, “I would like to urge the ministries that owe the youth any money and funding to release the funds so as to avoid inconveniences,” he said. Given that education is a vital sector in the country, the president insisted that the sector is at the moment receiving the crucial support it requires, especially in terms of developing training and learning centers. He outlined the government’s target which requires that every constituency needs to have a fully equipped technical college. He however warned the people responsible for the arson attacks in schools, insisting that the government will handle the matter seriously.
Given the low rate of employment in the country, small enterprises have been avoided by many who deem them too small to cater for their needs, but the president dispelled this theory, insisting that it contributes to the development of aspiring business people, saying “They are very important as one gains the necessary skills, practices and habits, and what you learn is invaluable.”
The private sectors benefit a lot from youths, especially those who finish school and are promptly introduced to the job market, and the president was quick to encourage the private sectors to be more involved in nurturing and training them, “I want to encourage you to do more in this area,” he said, “Because you are great beneficiaries of huge investment in the youth.”