Young people are increasingly recognized as the best agents for change because they place a greater hope in their power to shape our future. However in most African countries, majority of young people are trapped in poverty, with few opportunities to learn or to earn a decent living.
In Kenya 65% of the total population are young people below the age of 30 years making them the majority in this country. Kenya is a youthful nation and one would expect her to develop at a faster rate but this is not happening.
According to the ministry of youths Kenya, 85% of young people below the age of 30 years are unemployed. Furthermore on average 38.5% of the Kenyan adult population is illiterate. The economic growth in Kenya stands at 5.9% and is growing at a slower rate
If all these young people are allowed to realize their full potential, Kenya could see huge economic gains. According to economists, Kenya has the potential to be one of Africa’s greatest success stories from its growing youthful population. Addressing challenges of poverty, inequality, governance, low investment and low firm productivity to achieve rapid, sustained growth rates that will transform lives of young people would put Kenya on top of the world.
The more we have young people growing into well-educated adults with fewer dependents and new opportunities to acquire wealth, savings and purchasing power, the more they will be able to accelerate economic growth and development of this country
Kenya must increase investment in young people through, promoting quality education that prepares them for future opportunities, empowering women and girls, and ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and human rights are met. By doing this, it would enable them to determine when and whom to marry and the number of their children. When women and girls are able to make these decisions, they are better able to complete their educations and pursue their careers. Lastly Kenya must also increase employment opportunities for young people and involve young people in decisions that will affect them.