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TALENT CAN MAKE THE YOUTH FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT

Dr. Ida Odinga has called on the youth to identify their talents and maximize on them so as to be financially independent. Dr. Odinga said that young people have an opportunity to realize their dreams not only through education but also their talents. Speaking during the Mathare Education, Career Fair and Mentorship Day at Huruma Redeemed Gospel Church, Nairobi on 9th September, 2019, Odinga asked the youth to take advantage of the available opportunities to explore their talents. She noted that there is enough space for young people to pursue their academic and talent dreams in society and called on the society to collectively help identify and nurture young talents especially in schools. While reiterating the importance of education, Dr. Odinga urged students to work hard and exercise discipline if they want to realize their dreams, noting that education is key in addressing some of the pertinent challenges the country is facing. Dr. Odinga also called on students to exercise good virtues and avoid acts that will taint their character in life. “Our children must learn to embrace the predominant values of hard work, gratitude, good conduct and honesty,” she said. In his remarks, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Principal Secretary (PS) Jerome Ochieng said the Government is committed to creating jobs for young people though initiatives like Studio Mashinani, Sinema Mashinani and Ajira Digital. The PS said that the Government is creating a facilitative environment for young people to showcase their creative talents and urged the youth to take advantage of the internet to create job opportunities and shift their focus from seeking white collar jobs. “The creation of employment for the youth is a major policy agenda for the Government and through initiatives like the Ajira digital programme we are introducing young people to the employment opportunities available online,” he said. KFCB CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua on his remarks said education is an equalizer and urged students to work hard in their studies. Dr. Mutua said that he is an example of how education can transform people’s lives, adding that no matter the challenges students experience in their learning process they should never despair. “Success is an opportunity that meets those who are prepared,” Dr. Mutua said.