Let's support young talent, Sonko urges leaders

County Governments should partner with schools to promote talent and other co-curricular activities.

This is according to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who says investing more in talent development will help cushion young people against the unemployment threat.

The Governor, who was speaking in Nakuru when he visited schools participating in this year's National Music Festivals, said his Government will set aside funds to advance the same.

Sonko pledged awards to Nairobi schools which emerge winners.

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He called on schools to create more avenues for talent development apart from such festivals.

"As the Good Deeds ambassador, I will surprise schools from Nairobi if they win. But we have to engage more and see how we can support the young talented people in our schools," he said.

The Governor said the county will in future allocate more funds to ECDE centres to enhance talent development from the units.

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He called on the National Government and organisers of the music festivals to fast-track payment of allowances owed to teachers and other facilitators involved in the festivals.

"We cannot be quick to pay ourselves allowances when we travel but punish innocent teachers who work hard to support our youths," he said.

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He further challenged teachers in Nairobi to work hard and ensure that the county shines in national exams.

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