Unemployment among the youth in Kenya is quite alarming as statistics show that in 10 graduates, one gets formal employment by the government. ICT Authority of Kenya in collaboration with the national government organized Ajira Digital program in which the youth learn how to combat unemployment by seeking opportunities in online jobs.
In order to curb the challenge of unemployment among the youth, county government of West Pokot through ICT in collaboration with ICT Authority launched the Ajira program which saw more than 50 youth benefit from the training.
Speaking during the launch of the program at Yang’at centre, CECM Ruth Kisabit- PSM & ICT said that it was time that the youth shifted their focus from white collar jobs and opt for self-employment.
“So many youths are stuck at home because they lack skills and ideas to achieve self-employment. Our main goal is to ensure that our youths do not stay idle, but rather focus on income generating activities,” said Ms. Kisabit.
Chief Officer Betty Chedotum- PSM & ICT urged the youths to seek other alternatives once they complete their studies. “We live in a digital world and we have to stay conscious to that fact. We need to make the best out of these online jobs. People are making millions of money off the internet.” Said Ms. Chedotum.
Reiterating the chief officer’s remarks, Alphas Kakuko- Director, ICT asked the youths to explore the numerous opportunities online, citing virtual assistance, transcription, content and article writing as some of the work the youth can benefit from.
The five-day program which had begun on 20th August ended on Friday 25th was attended by directors Leonard Kilekwang’, Eric Changorok, Youth Bunge President Richard Todosia and Ajira trainers- Richard Masore, Eunice Gatehi and Engineer Fredrick Odosi.