GenU Kenya Youth Challenge to be formally launched

Written By: Claire Wanja

The initiative aligns with Kenya's development vision, a country that engages and supports young people to fulfil their potential

Generation Unlimited Kenya (GenU Kenya) will on Wednesday be launched formally through a virtual event that will also celebrate President Uhuru Kenyatta as a global leader for young people’s agenda within the global generation partnership.

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The global challenge, which brings together 40 participating countries – up from 16 last year – including Kenya, was first announced in September 2019 during the UN General Assembly in New York.

The Youth Challenge calls on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement.

In Kenya, the challenge has been running from 13 November 2019 to 6 January 2020, targeting young people aged 14-24, with a focus on those from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds.

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The 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII) report ranks Kenya as the second leading innovation hub in Sub-Saharan Africa, attributing its strength to access to credit and microfinance loans.

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Launched in 2018, GenU has generated interest from government, industry leaders and other stakeholders committed to youth participation.

As a global multi-sector partnership, GenU works towards addressing the urgent need for expanded education, training and eventually employment opportunities for children and young people aged 10-24.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is a Global Leader for GenU and Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Joseph Mucheru, is among members of the global board.

The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge is an opportunity to identify solutions that can have a positive impact around education, skills, training, employment opportunities and empowerment of young people.

The 2019/2020 challenge focuses on six strategic priorities which are to ensure secondary schools transmit skills that young people need for the future of work; provide young people outside the school system with opportunities for training and skills development; improve connections between job seekers and work opportunities as well as access to quality work opportunities for young people; foster broad-based entrepreneurship as a mindset and a livelihood; ensure equitable access to education, training, entrepreneurship, employment and civic participation; and equip young people as problem-solvers.

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The launch will look into Generation Unlimited Kenya role in:-

Equity & Engagement 

  1. – How might we increase the opportunities for marginalized young people to participate in government at local and national levels?
  2. – How might we address issues or prejudice against young people with disabilities to enable them to reach their full potential?
  3. – How can we change perceptions and attitudes among adults (e.g. parents, teachers, etc.) towards meaningful engagement of young people in their communities?
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Education & Training  

  1. – How can we ensure the most marginalized young people stay in school?
  2. – How can we help build a learner friendly environment?
  3. – How might we reduce the number of adolescent and young girls dropping out of school?
  4. – How can we support building accessible and inclusive learning platforms, so young people with and without disabilities can learn together?

Employment & Entrepreneurship 

  1. – How can we support young people to be prepared for the transition to the labor market?
  2. – How can we help young people acquire the skills for meaningful and decent work?
  3. – How can we support young people to utilize entrepreneurship for solving community problems?

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