Campaign to encourage youths from Kwale County to join university, colleges and polytechnics has been launched.
The Shabaha ya Wapwani initiative spearheaded by nominated Senator Agnes Zani in collaboration with civil society groups aims at creating linkages to ensure that the women and youth have access to education and participate in the development of the nation.
Zani said that they are partnering with public and private sector players in empowering women and youths through continuous research, training and capacity building so that they can reach youths who are both qualified and those not qualified to join tertiary institutions .
“Our aim is to ensure that youths supposed to join universities get their chances and study. There are others who don’t get the letters but they are picked for university studies and so that will be our work together with the civil society groups to ensure these youths go to school,” said the senator.
Zani said that Kwale has talents which need support to be realized.
“We have to help our youths to realize their talents by ensuring that they don’t miss out in university and college selections as well as polytechnics,” she added.
Speaking in Diani during a stakeholders meeting Zani said that plans to have a 400 youth’s forum from the region and engage them on education matters is on top gear.
The forum is aimed at getting to know from the youths why they don’t join polytechnics in Kwale.
“We want to encourage them to join polytechnics as well and benefit as front runners so that others can follow them,” she noted.
She also want to ensure policies that favors mothers in need of TIVET education are put in place by ensuring their children are catered for.
“In TIVET sometimes government pays for students but mothers have nowhere to keep children while studying and so we can intervene in terms of coming up with policies to sort such issues for the benefit of our people,” she said.
Sheikh Hamisi Mwachirumu supported the idea saying that many youths have shied away from joining polytechnics because they lack direction.
“Kwale role models have not played their role to help these youths which is an issue we can address as a society. Let us have role models like the doctors who schooled in the local primary and secondary schools in Kwale coming down to talk to the youths,” he advised.
Susan Wachao a CSO member advised polytechnics in the area to come up with market oriented courses that will attract the youths in the tourism region.