Some 65 KCSE and KCPE school leavers who did make it to tertiary colleges and Form I respectively in Madogo, Tana River County Saturday benefitted from a one month skills training programme sponsored by a local Community Based Organisation (CBO).
The CBOs Graduate Internship Programme (GRIP) chairman Steve Sandagi said that the main aim of the programme was to upscale the quality of education among school leavers and impart the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them become self-reliant.
Sandagi said the career guidance programme was also meant to instill hope to those who did not perform well either in secondary and primary level. Failing in an exam does not make one a failure. The main aim of the programme is to create awareness, Sandagi said.
He said the CBO realised that there are two important institutions within the region (Garissa University and North Eastern national polytechnic) which are providing opportunities for students who may have not gotten good grades to enable them continue with their education.
The chairman said many youths were not aware of these opportunities and the CBO through the programme was trying to reach them especially in the neighbouring locations which did not have the infrastructure like those in Madogo and Garissa.There is no excuse why somebody cannot be able to pursue further education, he said.
Sadangi said they will be running a similar programme in July 2018 to enable the youth who came late and could not be accommodated.
He said the programme in future will target far flung villages that for one reason or another did not have the same opportunities with those in urban areas.
The official said a programme to monitor their progress for the next 5 years has also been put in place to ensure that they do not waste themselves.
County Executive Committee member for education, youth, culture, gender, sports and social service Abass Kunyo said that Tana River county government will ensure that all programmes meant to uplift the well-being of the youth, women and people with disabilities as captured in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) are fully implemented.
We shall empower community programmes geared towards improving the capacity of the youth, people living with disability and women. We shall recognise and empower them so that they can participate in nation building, Abass said.
One of the beneficiaries Hassan Said thanked the CBO for coming with the programme but also challenged other organisations, the national and county governments to come up with funds to enable the youth access loans to startup businesses and be self-employed.
Hassan said employment opportunities cannot accommodate all the youth seeking for jobs but with the necessary skills they become self-employed.
He also urged the county government to set aside funds for skills improvement for students who do not make it beyond class eight and form four.
Source: Kenya News Agency