DP Gachagua to open National Youth Week

The subject of green economy, talent and entrepreneurship is expected to be the major highlight of this year’s National Youth week that is commencing tomorrow at the University of Nairobi with its culmination set for August 12 at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua is lined up to grace the official opening of the Youth Week on Monday morning together with Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts Ababu Namwamba.

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is Green Skills for Youths towards a sustainable world.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday at Kencom House, Permanent Secretary at the State Department for Youth Affairs and the Arts Ismael Maalim Maday said that the week-long engagement will seek to provide opportunity for youth to recognize and celebrate their potential to contribute and take lead in their achievement of the green economy, development sustainable goals and the Bottom Up Transformational Agenda.

He further noted that the objective of the national youth week would be: “To promote youth innovation, creativity, talent and entrepreneurial initiatives towards green economy, to enhance youth participation and engagement in local and global efforts in the promotion of green economy.

“To promote policy commitment and investment in youth capacities and transform the green economy and to create momentum towards the upcoming SDG summit in September,” PS Maalim said.

The ministry says it has a program of activities which has attracted over 500 youths with an incorporation of youths living with disabilities.

The launch will feature dynamic exhibitions under the banner ‘Hustla’s Baazar”, an initiative aimed at empowering the youth to showcase and market their talents.

The event will also feature a panel discussion through which the ministry seeks to generate meaningful insights and solutions to scale the country’s youths towards a brighter and more prosperous future.

“By providing a platform for these young entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services during the National Youth Week and street carnival, we strive to create a conducive environment for growth, where our youth can participate in and benefit from our nation’s prosperity. The youth mobilize the world, they can lead us to a better future for Kenya and that is why we must involve them.” PS Maalim added.

President William Ruto is set to attend the final day of the National Youth Week at the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday, with over 5000 youths from across the country taking part in the event.

MG Team

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