This year’s International Youth Day themed ‘Transforming Education’ was marked at Matuga Youth Empowerment Centre in Kwale County on August 12th, 2019.
The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary (CS) Joe Mucheru led the celebrations on behalf of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta who said that the Government is implementing key programs aimed at creating job opportunities for young people.
Some of the programs already under implementation include the Digital Literacy Programme in primary schools, Ajira Digital Programme and the Presidential Digital Talent Programme.
The President said empowerment centers equipped with ICT and sporting infrastructure are being established across the country and will help young people acquire digital skills for job creation.
“The Government commitment is to continue developing these facilities until there is a Youth Empowerment Center in every sub-county as envisioned in our development agenda, Kenya Vision 2030,” the Head of State said.
President Kenyatta further said the Government has established Talent Academies to harness and develop talent. He also said the academies are aimed at commercializing talents for the economic benefit of the youth.
The President observed that investments in the sports and arts sector have seen significant growth of opportunities and incomes for our young people.
“The Live and Recording Industry for example contributed 1.9 Billion Kenya Shillings to our economy in the last two years. This sector is projected to generate revenue of 2.9 Billion Kenya Shillings by 2020,” he said.
Through the Ajira Digital Project, the President said Kenya is positioning itself as a choice labor destination for multinationals.
The President at the same time cautioned youths against gambling noting that they cannot prosper if every coin they make ends up in gambling.
“Gambling has entrapped many youth in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness. Gambling also erodes the benefits of disposable income in our economy,” Mr. Kenyatta said.
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Ezekiel Mutua participated in the International Youth Day celebrations.
The Board had an exhibition stand where it sensitized the public on its regulatory mandate, Clean Content Campaign and the Sinema Mashinani initiative.
Sinema Mashinani initiative is in line with the Manufacturing Pillar of the Presidential Big Four Agenda that geared towards job creation.
Top State officials among them Government Spokesperson Conel (Rtd) Cyrus Odhiambo Oguna visited the Board’s exhibition and expressed willingness to support the Board’s Clean Content Campaign and other programs.