‘The Youth Fact Book: InfinitePossibility or Definite Disaster’, a book I authored in 2010, has been recognized as an authoritative one stop shop of youth facts, figures and analysis with regard to the state of Kenya’s youth population. it was featured extensively in the article below.
Article by George Omondi
Increased spending on training is yet to match the rate of job creation in the country, a trend that analysts warn could have grave consequences because young people with skills are likely to remain unemployed.
Private companies have lately been putting billion of shillings of their social responsibility budgets to support education through scholarships and buying of learning materials and equipment, thereby giving the youth access to education.
“The youth unemployment in this country is a time bomb that we have to defuse using every available opportunity and resources,” said Mr Nalo, adding that the youth resource centres will raise the number of youths being absorbed in regional projects.
At the regional level, Mr Nalo said, partner states have agreed to establish five centres of excellence in each of the states to develop and strengthen technical innovations by the youth in the region, in a move aimed at creating a technological competitive edge for the region.
But even as concern rises over the low growth of the demand side of the labour market, the education ministry has announced its plan to establish 15 new public university colleges across the country in the coming months.