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YOUTHS URGED TO UPHOLD MORAL VALUES, EMBRACE POSITIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Ms. Nadia Abdalla has urged youths across the country to embrace positive use of technology in efforts meant to create job opportunities as well as uphold moral values.

Speaking during a two-day Kenya Ni Mimi Upper Eastern Region Youth Dialogue held at El-Boran Resort in Isiolo County on 26th and 27th February, 2020, the CAS reiterated that the campaign was aimed at improving national and social cohesion, as well as promote youth representation on issues related to leadership and governance.

The Kenya Ni Mimi Upper Eastern Edition brought together youths from Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Marsabit and Isiolo with further aim of building a movement of youth dedicated to creating solutions to the challenges facing the society.

“Kenya Ni Mimi initiative further seeks to create a platform to promote intergenerational dialogues between community leaders, religious leaders and the young people,” CAS Nadia said.

The CAS further noted that the Kenya Ni Mimi initiative seeks to give the youth an opportunity to speak and be heard on challenges they face in their daily lives, explore youth-led solutions, and discover available opportunities for them to fully take part in the socio-economic development of the Nation.

At the same time, CAS Nadia encouraged the youth to leverage on opportunities that come with programs and projects by organizations like KFCB.

“It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm with which leaders, state agencies and other organizations have helped pull together resources to support the #KenyaNiMimi initiative,” she added.

Representing the Board’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua at the event, the Corporate Communications Manager, Ms. Nelly Muluka highlighted on the Board’s regulatory mandate as stipulated under the Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya and the various Board’s programmes on children protection against exposure to harmful film and broadcast content.

She further expounded on the Board’s Sinema Mashinani initiative that seeks to identify and nurture talents while inculcating moral responsibility among the youth and society at large.

“We are cognizant of the fact that the creative industry is the next frontier for job creation and we as such identify and nurture talent for wealth and job creation,” she said.

Ms. Muluka said the Board is collaborating with the Kenya School of Government (KSG) to develop a talent-based curriculum under the Board’s Sinema Mashinani initiative with the aim to empower talented youths with skills, and to nurture their talents for jobs and wealth creation.

Also present at the event were; Mumina Bonaya, CAS Ministry of Education, Rachel Shebesh, CAS Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Lina Jebii Kilimo, CAS Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, and Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary (PS), State Department of Youth Affairs among others.