The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has partnered with the Kenya School of Government (KSG) and the County Government of Isiolo to set up a Youth Innovation and Empowerment Centre that aims to empower young people for job opportunities in line with the Presidential Big Four Agenda.
The Innovation centre officially launched on 8th October, 2020 has a business centre, an ICT innovation unit, film incubation hubs, coaching and mentorship unit and seeks to aid in identification and nurturing of youth talent as well as creating job opportunities for socio-economic empowerment.
Speaking during the launch of the Innovation Centre, KFCB Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, said that the partnership with KSG and the County Government of Isiolo is anchored on the Board’s Sinema Mashinani initiative.
Dr. Mutua noted that the film hub established at the innovation center will see talented youth trained on film and other aspects of Creative Arts and that through the partnership, the Board plans to train over 50 talented youths every year.
“We are moving our partnership with the County Government of Isiolo a notch higher by offering full annual scholarships to 50 students for the next three years. The Board will offer the scholarships and expertise to offer technical training on arts-related genres through KSG. This talent-based training is part of our efforts to ensure that art becomes a tool for socio-cultural transformation,” Dr Mutua said.
The Board’s CEO observed that the launch of the youth innovation centre is strategic and aims to empower the young people and communities to tell their stories for monetary gain and also for social transformation.
“In 2017, we partnered with the County Government of Isiolo in producing ‘Simale’, a local film that championed for peace and unity among the communities and we are committed to creating a platform for the youth to showcase their talent for economic empowerment.
He observed that art is a tool for socioeconomic empowerment and that the Board has put in place appropriate measures to help creatives nurture and showcase their diverse talent.
Dr Mutua said the Board will work with young people from the Frontier Counties to provide solutions to the inter-clan conflicts in this area through art and film, adding that KFCB is committed to identifying and nurturing talent while promoting moral responsibility among the youth and society in general.
“Our desire is to see youths use their creativity and energy in positive ways that will enable them create self-employment. The Board will give the youths an opportunity to sharpen their creative skills.
Kakamega County Governor, Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya, was the Chief Guest at the official launch that was also attended by Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Ms Nadia Abdalla, KSG Director-General Professor Ludeki Chweya among other senior Government officials.