May the youth step forward and take up their space at the table
Better situationLuckily, while too many people still live in poverty, conditions in Kenya are far better than those which Disraeli described. Our children go to school, and a top-education for every Kenyan child is a top priority for the Jubilee administration. Furthermore, our youth don’t need to worry about wars, forced conscription and other man-made catastrophes that could disrupt their path towards higher education. A mix of diplomacy and dialogue ensures the unity of East Africa, peaceful resolution of border disputes, and Kenya’s prominent place amongst the African nations.
Not one man’s jobAchieving these goals will certainly put Kenya in a comfortable starting position in the race for a better future. Yet, these noble goals cannot be achieved by any single politician, no matter how pure his intentions. The massive investment needed to realise the universal healthcare coverage, the enhancement of food security by developing a high-tech agricultural sector, or the increased building of public housing alone are not enough. Whoever counts on a single politician to improve his lot might as well count on pure luck as well. Such an outlook would be irresponsible and deeply amoral. Instead, we need to understand that the key to our success lies in solidarity. The groundwork has been laid out, now we need to come together and realise the opportunities that lie before us. Our youth plays a most critical part in this endeavour. As such, they should understand that their personal choices impact the future of the nation as a whole. At times however, it seems many are instead guided by other interests. Instead of pursuing the education desperately needed in Kenya, they prefer to disregard the national interest. For example, less than a quarter of university students are enrolled in courses that contribute to the success of the Big 4. Like in many other parts of the world, there is a worrying mismatch between the courses taken by the students and the needs of the national economy. As report by the Commission of University Education (CUE) underlines, most young women and men prefer to study business administration and other liberal arts, while the country’s employers are yearning for qualified graduates of medicine, finance, and engineering. This is not sustainable. Let the youth take up their responsibility as trustees for Kenya’s future. Ms Munuhe studies International Relations at the University of Nairobi
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