Author: Kelvin Keya
Published by Daily Nation
Unemployment is one of the main challenges affecting the youth today.
Employment opportunities are few. They do not come to us while we sit in our rooms or in our parents’ living rooms, idle and playing computer games; they come through the little things we may involve ourselves in doing.Through volunteering and participating in community service, we get great opportunities for employment.
Both have benefits that may open doors since we are able to create contacts and network with people, including potential employers. It is also through volunteering that we are able to get the required job experience.
It is during our youthful years that we are most agile and productive in our lives. When we spend most of that time seeking employment, we may be tempted to be resigned to giving our productivity to activities that do not benefit us.
If the youth would use their productivity to their own benefit, then cases of unemployment among young people would be minimal.
The decisions we make in our youthful years are crucial in our lives. The youth should be able to make the right decisions, to invest their worthiness in nation-building rather than wasting it on drugs and bad choices.
The youth have a responsibility to change their status and the conditions they live in and that will only be possible if they change their way of thinking.
We hold the key to the solutions to our challenges. What we do as young people counts. Let us not just sit back and wait for employment opportunities to come to us.
Kenya has great potential to achieve sustainable economic empowerment through the devolved system of government.
There is much to be achieved if the communities and more youth are empowered and educated to participate in devolution.
Statistics indicate that youth make up over 60 per cent of Kenya’s population. This means that the youth should have a say in the priorities and planning of the country.
Young people must desist from blaming others for their problems and living hopeless lives, and instead follow up on county programmes and participate in the crafting of laws and policies meant to foster development.
County governments must build the capacity of youth to do business with them.
If empowered, young people can channel their energy, knowledge, and time into entrepreneurship, agriculture, technology, security, and peace and reconciliation