The Government has committed to rolling out the National Youth Policy to provide common aspirations and priorities for the development of young people in the Country.
The comprehensive policy dubbed ‘Kenya Youth Development Policy (KYDP 2019)’ seeks to harness and optimize the huge strengths and abundant opportunities that young people present.
It visualizes a society where youth have an equal opportunity as other citizens to realize their fullest potential by productively participating in socio-economic activities.
The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for ICT, Innovations and Youth Affairs, Joe Mucheru, says the Policy will go a long way in addressing personal and structural barriers that affect the productivity of the youth.
Mucheru noted that the policy provides a foundation for youth participation in socio-economic development whilst recognizing that young people should be in the forefront in championing for their own development and not be mere bystanders.
He said the Government is out to promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programmes.
“We are determined to tap into the vast youth potential for economic growth” said Mucheru, adding that the new policy will undertake a critical analysis of youth capabilities.
Mucheru declared young people as key resource and national asset, and underscoring the importance of youth empowerment to nation building.
Speaking, Thursday, during a youth forum at the Swahili Pot hub in Mombasa, Mucheru says the policy will enhance the active involvement of young people in all spheres of development.
The CS said the policy seeks to ensure that young people are given meaningful opportunities to reach their full potential both as individuals and as active participants in society.
Mucheru said his Ministry has invested heavily in the new policy to see its full actualization and expressed optimism that it will place young people in the centre of all development initiatives.
“The policy forms a credible guide and reference tool for effective development and implementation of youth empowerment and development interventions in Kenya, in line with the Constitution and development goals at the County, National and International levels” said Mucheru.
The CS said the Policy enables the government to give priority to youth development and display its commitment to national youth development through the creation of appropriate policy implementation mechanisms and the allocation of sufficient resources.