Kenya on Tuesday launched the Demographic Dividend Roadmap aimed at harnessing the potential of the youth.
Ministry of State for Devolution and Planning Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera told a media briefing that the roadmap contains identified priority activities in health and well-being, education and skills development, employment and entrepreneurship, and rights, governance and youth empowerment.
“The overall objective of the Dividend Roadmap is to match the country’s population growth with the available resources so that youth bugle becomes an asset to the country and not a problem,” Nyakera said.
The Kenyan roadmap is a domestication of the African Union roadmap whose aims and objectives tie in well with the country’s National Development Blueprint Vision 2030 that aspires to achieve higher incomes and a better quality of life for Kenyans.
Nyakera said that one of the critical challenges that Kenya faces is ensuring that the large population of youth are healthy, educated, skilled, and actively engaged in economic activities.
“A significant number of young persons in the country lack education and skills that will enable them access to employment and income opportunities,” he noted.
“These challenges need to be addressed if the country’s youth are to contribute to the achievement of Kenya Vision 2030,” said the official.