Kenyan youth must change at­ti­tude and take ini­tia­tive

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Kenya is a very youth­ful coun­try. The me­dian age is es­ti­mated to be at 19 years, and about 80 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion is be­low 35 years. Ac­cord­ing to the East African In­sti­tute of the Aga Khan Univer­sity, to a very large ex­tent, the youth will de­ter­mine the fu­ture of this coun­try. This group is, how­ever, vul­ner­a­ble to un­em­ploy­ment, drug use, rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and other forms of crime. From their lack of fo­cus in life to their per­spec­tive on lead­er­ship and cor­rup­tion, they share the blame for these chal­lenges.The Kenya Youth Sur­vey Re­port by the East African In­sti­tute re­vealed that 50 per cent of the youth do not care what means one uses to make money, as long as they do not end up in jail. By any stan­dards, the youth are the back­bone of the na­tion and carry Kenya’s hopes for the fu­ture. They must, how­ever, change their at­ti­tude and be more proac­tive to solve some of the prob­lems they face.

KANYI GIOKO Nairobi

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