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Involve youth in nation building

By Robert Aseda | January 26th 2016

According to the United Nations Population Fund, our world is home to 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24.

This youth population is growing fastest in the poorest nations. In Kenya, the situation is not any different.

This is a significant percentage that if well taken care of puts our nation at the dawn of reaping demographic dividends from an empowered population driving key sectors of the economy. The reverse is also true. A disempowered and disenfranchised youth population will not only be an economic burden to the nation's coffers, but also a major risk in the very existence of civility and progress.

For Kenya to realise her vision of being a middle-income country providing high-quality life for all her citizens by 2030, and contribute to regional aspirations like sustainable development goals, young people must be at the centre of it all.

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