KFCB turns to universities to support creative arts and deal with youth unemployment

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua speaking to the press
KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has turned to Universities to ensure the arts industry and nurturing is incorporated in the higher learning institutions and boost youth employment. Speaking in Kwale at the start of a three-day workshop involving the board and Deans of Students from Universities countrywide, KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua said they intend to pass down knowledge to the Deans and share, as they advance the project termed, ‘Sinema Mashinani.’

The Board intends to support the creation of opportunities for the youth through creative arts. During the Kenya Drama Festival at Kibabii University, Deputy President William Ruto had pointed out that youths can benefit from the creative arts industry and more should be done to ensure they do, to maximize on their talents.

He said they depend on the universities’ administration, and that the project will help to tackle youth unemployment, “We depend on them to involve students at University so that when they finish school they don’t search for jobs but they create jobs in the arts sector and that will also contribute to the Big Four Agenda,” he said.

He said the material and paraphernalia needed to promote arts in Universities like cameras need to be budgeted for and that proper guidelines on how that can be done will be outlined to the Deans after the workshop. He said art can be used as a mirror in the society and a vessel that highlights the good morals, and societal ills can be dealt with like that.