In Kenya, young people below the age of 35 constitute 75% of the country’s population. Yet they are under- represented in many facets of Kenyan life. For the youth to participate fully in economic empowerment they require education and skills; good health and wellbeing; and good governance. This can be achieved by providing an enabling environment in public and private sectors for youth empowerment and meaningful participation.
Unfortunately, socio-economic empowerment for the youth is still wanting and they face many challenges including:
Kenya domesticated the African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap2 in 2015 and revised in 2020. The main objective of this roadmap is to deliberately enhance Kenya’s efforts to harnesses the youth potential to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life for all citizens through the attainment of a demographic dividend.
The roadmap focuses on four key pillars namely:
By prioritizing these key pillars and implementing them Kenya will reap the youth potential and translate the youth bulge from a time bomb to economic transformation.
Youth serving organizations have mobilized a broad-based coalition, of Kenyan youth who are calling for the following actions to give life to the Kenya Demographic Dividend roadmap and the transformative outcomes around 2022 political commitments, CIDPs and Vision 2030's MTP4 it envisions.
We, the Kenyan Youth call for;
Job Opportunities for All to make Kenya a High Income Country
Securing Health and Wellbeing within National UHC Framework
Accessible and Quality for Better Economy, Health and Wellbeing
Accountability and Platforms for Engagement
The Youth are the Future: Empower the youth to transform Kenya.
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