Kenya pledges enhanced vocational training for vulnerable youth

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Kenya on Wednesday pledged to allocate additional resources toward vocational training for youth grappling with poverty, exclusion and physical disabilities.

Kevit Desai, principal secretary in the state department of technical and vocational training, said providing practical skills to vulnerable youth is key to eradicating poverty and boosting national cohesion.

“So far, we have reached over 57,000 vulnerable youths with skills to support them in achieving a commendation transition rate, from learning to earning,” Desai told a forum in Nairobi.

The government has enacted policies to facilitate academia-industry linkages to narrow a yawning skills gap that has worsened youth unemployment, he said.

“Our vocational training institutions, in particular, have prioritized imparting youth with skills that are relevant in the job market,” Desai said. “The new school curriculum roots for competence-based learning as a means to make our youth self-reliant.”

Experts called for affirmative action to promote vocational training for young people living in resource-constrained settings like urban slums and semi-arid counties. Enditem

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