Youth Take Action on Unemployment Crisis
| Oct 11th 2016 | 3 min read
Unemployment is a global crisis and presents
particularly a difficult labor market experience for young people. In Africa
especially, unemployment and underemployment remain major obstacles to the full
utilization of human resources despite relatively strong growth in the region
over the last few years.
Youth in Kenya experience much higher
unemployment rates than the rest of the Kenyan population. According to the
World Bank, this is estimated to stand at 17.3 % compared to 6 % for both
Uganda and Tanzania. 75 % of new post-secondary graduates fail to secure jobs
in the highly competitive labor market. Employers cite lack of twenty-first
century skills as the main issue. Youth startups and social enterprises can be
a tool for empowerment, allowing youth to create jobs as well as solve real
social problems within their communities.
Moi Forces Academy is one good example. We’ve
been working with the school for a couple of years now through our Character
& Creativity (CCI) Initiative and Leadership and Entrepreneurship (LEAP)
Hub programs. Many other schools are also part of this.
The Character and Creativity Initiative offers a
comprehensive framework of quality education standards that support fundamental
competencies in character, creativity, teamwork, purpose and learning which
help to develop an all rounded person. On the other hand, LEAP Hubs provides
incubator spaces in schools surrounding students with the resources, support
and opportunities they need to confidently launch their own creative businesses
and social enterprises.
Students work in teams of fours and fives.
Daniel Kihanya, is one a student from Moi Forces Academy who leads his team of
four fellow students through an innovation dabbed “Blue Drive.” The
idea was brought forth by their dream to transform the mode of data transfer.
It entails a small electronic device that works as a flash drive. It can be
used to store or transfer data from one digital device to the other using
bluetooth technology. This is an improvement of the traditional flash drive.
They have already developed two prototypes and are now working on a third one.
This year on 12th March, the team took part in the Diamond Trust Challenge at
Alliance High School that involved presentations of various innovations from
different schools in Kenya. The innovation emerged 2nd and the group was selected to represent the country in the
US at the University of Delwa.
As featured on BBC World News, Africa on 3
October, 2016, 17 year old Caroline Wambui, a fourth form Leap Hubs student at
Embakasi Girls High School had come up with an idea to connect organ donors,
patients and hospitals. Her main aim was to save lives out of a personal
"My uncle died due to lack of a kidney
match, it took a long time to find a donor on the black market, it was a
tragedy for us, and didn't want another family to go through the same,"
The app would allow you to know if you are
eligible to donate an organ and to check the medical requirements of the
patient in need. She is waiting to see if a law will be passed to make it legal
for people to donate organs after their death.
Currently, illegal organ sale cartels are
thriving - it is a lucrative business where willing sellers are operated on in
back-street dispensaries. If the legal issues are resolved, Ms Wambui could
make the biggest impact - meaning other girls like her do not lose their
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