Refurbished youth centres to boost creativity, says Kobia

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 00:00 |
UN Resident Coordinator Sidhatrth Chartergee, former PM Raila Odinga, Gender CS Margaret Kobia and Youth PS Francis Owino at UN Complex in Gigiri, on Friday. Photo/KNA 

Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender has launched 15 refurbished Youth Empowerment Centres in various counties.

The centres will serve as resource facilities for youth in the respective regions to access ICT services, guidance and counselling on drugs and substance abuse, HIV/Aids prevention among other services. 

They are also equipped to provide positive leisure activities including indoor and outdoor games.

Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia said in the last one year, 21 youth empowerment centres have been set up.

“We are planning to establish 152 centres across the country so that we can offer our youth practical opportunities as they respond to this new work environment.

However, there’s need to re-evaluate the essence of education our youth pursue,” she said at the UN office in Nairobi where she addressed hundreds of youths from various countries attending the International Youth Week.

Kobia said the main concern is to go beyond making education accessible to address the content of that education.

“Liberal education is gaining traction in terms of preference in the fast-changing and globalising environment. It prepares learners to adapt and cope with changes as opposed to education that trains students for disciplined application,’ she added.

Refurbished centres

The CS said the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) emphasises thinking to be inclined to adopting pedagogical approaches that promote research and innovation.

And as one of the activities to mark the Youth Week, principal secretaries from various State agencies commissioned the refurbished centres.

They held conversations with the youth from the respective regions in a bid to identify the immediate needs of the youth.

Public Service and Youth Principal Secretary Francis Owino said the government embraced the idea of establishing the youth centres in 2008.

The centres had remained largely unused and needed refurbishment.

The centres launched on Friday are in Nairobi; Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Bomet, Nandi, West Pokot, Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Kitui, Kilifi, Kakemga, Garissa, Mandera and Homa Bay counties.

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