The premier edition of the Jichanue youth forum went down explicitly great at the magnificent Mwatate CDF hall last Saturday. The forum courtesy of the Voluntary service Overseas (VSO) organization in partnership with the Sote hub will certainly be one to remember for the over 400 young people in attendance.
It was essentially meant to enlighten the youth under the theme Skills for employment and youth empowerment.
Though slightly kicking off an hour later than planned, it turned out to be a lively event with various interactive sessions featuring accomplished speakers drawn from various youth dependents and youth oriented organizations at large. The main guest of the Day being the Area Member of parliament Mwadime and H.E. Deputy governor Majalia Mlagui
In her introductory remarks, Joyce Peshu, the project administrator and team leader welcome all and gave a brief on VSO and the International Citizen Service at large. She highlighted the program a s a conscious attempt to inform and engage the young people from around Taita Taveta.
Key in her message she encourage the young people on the three pillars that all should take note of, Skills, knowledge and Networks.
Ken Ndung’u, one of the main speakers to the stage with the first presentation that focusing on Volunteering as a pathway for employment. The Statistician and the UN volunteer narrated candidly is journey through volunteerism and the professional engagement that came about thereafter. Vivid in his presentation was the innumerable opportunities that arose along that path as he rose in his career ladder.
He reassured the young people to see beyond quick result and focus on building worthwhile networks and delivering there best at what they do. While concluding he mentioned the three types of volunteerism, national, international and online volunteerism as some of the options at their disposal.
County officer, Mr. Terere took the youth through the fundamental rights that have been enacted by previous regimes. He highlighted the AGPO and tender opportunities that most youth haven’t take advantage of them. In his presentation he noted most youth were unwilling to take up the initiative of forming groups going for loans and bidding for tenders. Discussing the issue of leans Mr. Terere reminded the young people in various institutions to equally to take up the loans such as the HELB, county and TVET loans and further their education in the tertiary training institutions.
Centre manager Mr. Harry Mwailengo was one of the main speakers. He focused on the opportunities in tech highlighting and explaining the innumerably ways through with the young people at the is internet era would potentially earns some income either through the online writing jobs, work submissions participation in online surveys and polls, He advised them to spend more time enhancing their knowledge base while online against just traditional social net-working and endless entertainment
Briefly thereafter, Rosemary Wacuke, head of programs at the Girls incubation center gave an overview of the program, the intake procedure , the funding and job opportunities that did await any girl out there determined to pursue it. “The facility targets young and financially challenged ladies in our society, hence no fee is paid by the beneficiary. It is a form of giving these ladies hope and a second chance in life” She said
Later on the C.C.O Education and Libraries Madam Philomena in her talk expounded on various plans that county government was setting in place and the employment opportunities that could be explored by the young people. She expressed her concern a good number of resource center were being set up but there was shortage of skilled man power to take up the opportunities in those avenues. Before closing up she encouraged all to take education serious as a critical key in advancement in life after school.
Hon. Mwadime Andrew in his talk expressed his delight on the turn up and called for more of such to be held either ether quarterly or biannually pledging his support moving forward. Recounting his journey prior to getting his first job back in the days. The charismatic Member of Parliament advised the youth to be assertive aggressive and most importantly be patient.
H.E The deputy governor Majalia Mlagui in her eloquence reiterated the sentiments of the area MP, Hon. Mwadime on people being aggressive and assertive, encouraging them not to stop seeking opportunities. She noted the importance of going the extra mile in any venture. Notably she picked Milly charo as a example, a lady who came all the way from Mombasa to exhibit her pieces. She encouraged young people especially in craft to form organizations, polish their products and find strategies of accessing wider markets. Generously she offered to sponsor 10 students to pursue computer packages.
After the various key-notes, the house was taken through a general presentation on entrepreneurship by Mr. Steve Ngobia a VSO facilitator emphasizing on some key aspects such us the overall business goals, product development, positioning, value addition, market strategies, mark ups and so forth before the audience was grouped for further discussions on life skills, CV, Business Plan and proposal writing, craft among other soft & technical skills. The group discussions were conducted by more VSO facilitators alongside some officers from the wildlife works.
This first edition culminated with a lunch and interaction and entertainment sessions led by local DJ Jade and MC Musambati who of course had practically guided the audience all along.
It was a indeed a Successful wake-up call and we can only hope it gets better with a positive mind shift by the youth hence forth.
-By JOB OGWENO (voi2day.com)