Nairobi February, 12, 2018 – The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed has launched the Out-Of-School Science, Technology & Innovation (OSSTEI) Program targeting youth in nine Counties who not in formal educational institutions.
The programme, being piloted in a number of Counties, aims at creating a culture of creativity, innovation, curiosity, and productive entrepreneurship among youth out of schooling.
Amb Mohamed said the OSSTEI program looks forward to creating some 90 enterprises that will provide more than 900 decent job opportunities to the out-of-school youth through the application of science, technology, and innovation by December 2019.
The CS made the remarks during at the Centre for Mathematics Science and Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA) when she officially launched the programme yesterday. She was flanked by, Principal Secretary, State Department of Post-Training & Skills Development, Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot.
Amb Mohamed said The OSSTEI program will catalyze Kenyan youth in and out of school into addressing real life problems and provide viable solutions to employment and underemployment.
She directed the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training to support this initiative by providing Technical and Vocational Centres as spaces where they can work with others to support their ideas and explore their creativity.
The CS also called upon the youth to support government 100% transition campaign from primary to secondary schools.
Amb Mohamed said children exposure to 12 years of quality education, improves prospects of future self-sustenance of the learners in their post-secondary lives.
She said the programme aims at introducing a national science, technology and innovation exhibition for out of school youth, offer occupational skills training to enable youth become innovators and job creators to help young people acquire scientific, technological and innovative skills using their existing knowledge and experience.
The nine counties targeted on a pilot basis are Kwale, Makueni, Kakamega, Laikipia, Lamu, Nyeri, Wajir, and Garissa among others.
Also present during the occasion included the Director, CEMASTEA,, Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director, Institute of Energy Studies & Research, Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC), Dr. Jeremiah Kiplagat, the Ag. Chief Executive Officer, National Research Fund (NRF), Dr. Jemimah Onsare, Ag. CEO, Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA), Dr. Salome Guchu, Program Director, Educate Kenya, Ms. Diana Mwai, Managing Director, Playpoint Kenya, Mr. Rahim Abdul Karim.