The National government in conjunction with the World Bank has set up a sensitization program to impart youths with knowledge on the Kenya Youth Development Policy 2019.
Speaking during the training of 50 youths at the Kabartonjo social hall, Baringo North, the county youth director Leonard Kirui asked the youth to embrace the policy that seeks to ensure that they understand their rights and responsibilities in the development of the society.
Kirui urged the youth to take part in public participation so that they can influence the democratic process of decision making in order for them to be empowered economically, socially and politically.
He urged the youth to venture into agriculture and cattle keeping for income generation since some parts of Baringo North are potential areas for practicing agriculture.
Kirui further asked the youth to make use of their smartphones to access the government publication ‘My Gov’ so as to be updated on tenders and job vacancies that are being advertised by state agencies.
“Labour export should be the next frontier to restructure labour for youth to exercise their skills in other countries such as Canada and Australia instead of staying jobless yet their skills can be utilized elsewhere,” he said.
Baringo North Sub County Youth Officer, Paul Karanja asked the youth to stay away from alcohol and substance abuse and advised the male youth to avoid getting involved with school going girls so as not to brush shoulders with the law.
He also advised the youth to take advantage of online work through the Ajira digital platform which trains youth on online jobs.
Baringo Central Sub County Youth Officer, Samuel Komen who was also present during the meeting advised parents to practice responsible parenting so as to bring up children who are responsible.
He challenged the youth to take advantage of the Affirmative Action Funds such as the Uwezo Fund, Women Enterprise Funds and Youth Fund.
The training has already taken place in Baringo central and will be conducted in Eldama Ravine and Tiaty sub-counties in the coming week.
By Caroline Cherono and Betty Malakwen