The Aga Khan foundation has donated equipment worth 3.5 million shillings to the Garissa vocational training centre.
The equipment which included tailoring machines, materials, electrical and beauty therapy products were received on behalf of the institution by area Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane.
The donation is part of a 3 year project meant to improve the socio-economic opportunities for the youth in Northern Kenya.
Rising unemployment among the youth in Northern Kenya has been described as a time bomb waiting to happen, a state of affairs that also makes them a soft target for recruitment by gangs and terrorists. It’s probably informed by this that various stakeholders are coming up with projects to create opportunities for the youth in the area.
Hasma Awadh of Aga Khan Foundation said the 3.5 million shillings equipment were purchased by funds they received from the European Union saying this will be a 3 year project meant to improve the socio-economic opportunities for the youth in Northern Kenya.
Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane reiterated that the county government was committed to ensuring that institutions that provide skills and opportunities to the youth are well funded.
He however expressed disappointment that the enrollment especially by the local youth was still low.
He urged the members of the county assembly to help in a campaign to encourage the local youth to enroll adding that learning was free.
Elijah Mwaniki, director of vocational education training said the department is revising the current curriculum to ensure that the skills the youth acquire can also allow them work in modern industries apart from being self-reliant.