Empowering Kenyan Youth for a Sustainable Future: Insights from the Kenya UN-Youth Partnership Activity
In a dynamic world driven by innovation and change, the role of young people becomes increasingly vital. The recent Kenya UN-Youth Partnership Activity held at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) Auditorium on August 10, 2023, shed light on the incredible potential of the Kenyan youth and their role in shaping a sustainable world.
The theme, ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World,’ perfectly encapsulated the essence of the event, focusing on energy, cohesion, and issues that align with the National Youth Week and International Youth Day celebrations.
The event was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts – Ababu Namwamba, representatives from Spread Truth Africa, the Vice Chancellor of CUEA, members of the National Youth Council (NYC), the UNDP Resident Representative, the UNODC Representative, the Ambassador of Ireland to Kenya, and representatives from the International Labor Organization, among others.
This impressive lineup underscored the significance of the event and its impact on the youth of Kenya.
Inspiring Opening Ceremony: Harnessing Talents for a Changing World
The opening ceremony was both patriotic and inspiring, with the recitation of the National Anthem and a heartfelt prayer by Spread Truth Africa. The Vice Chancellor of CUEA welcomed everyone with a thought-provoking analogy drawn from a biblical parable.
Just as talents were given to servants by their master, he stressed that the youth must use their talents to benefit humanity, emphasizing the importance of innovation and creativity in our rapidly changing world.
Breaking Barriers and Amplifying Voices: Youth Empowerment in Action
Margaret Kiogora, CEO of the National Youth Council (NYC), spoke passionately about breaking down barriers that hinder youth potential.
She highlighted the ‘Fursa in Democracy‘ challenge, a remarkable initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of the youth in democratic processes through music. This effort speaks to the power of unity and the role of the youth in shaping the political landscape.
Youth Engagement in Tackling Global Challenges: Insights from UNDP
The UNDP Resident Representative shared valuable insights into the importance of youth engagement, especially in addressing pressing issues like climate change.
The alignment between UNDP’s priorities and Kenya’s Vision 2030 was emphasized, demonstrating the collective commitment to youth empowerment and development.
The representative applauded the National Youth Council for their impactful initiatives and urged them to continue their efforts in driving positive change.
Fostering Change through Innovation: UN and Government Collaborations
The Ireland Embassy Representative underscored the role of youth in effecting change and highlighted UN technical working groups that are empowering youth through various avenues such as hackathons.
The significance of youth engagement in both formal and informal sectors was emphasized, promoting a holistic approach to creating a better future.
Music, a universal language, conveyed a powerful message about environmental consciousness. A song titled ‘Mazingira,’ performed by a talented Kibera artist, echoed the importance of safeguarding our environment for future generations.
This artistic expression reinforced the message that today’s actions determine the future’s productivity.
Inclusive Approach: Nurturing Rural Youth and Innovation
The event also addressed vital questions about involving rural youth, illustrating how the government’s plans to devolve the National Youth Council and initiatives like the National Talent Camp are geared towards inclusivity.
The government’s commitment to supporting youth entrepreneurship and innovation was underscored through the presidential innovation challenges and the establishment of national youth innovation centers.
Celebrating Youth Achievement: Unveiling the ‘Fursa in Democracy’ Winners
As the event drew to a close, the winners of the ‘Fursa in Democracy’ challenge were unveiled and celebrated, showcasing the incredible potential and creativity of the youth.
The presence of entertainment added a celebratory note to the proceedings, celebrating both unity and innovation.
Written by Sheryl Adhiambo