Youth learn trades, entrepreneurship – MissionNewswire

Don Bosco Embu offers entrepreneurship programs sponsored by the local government

KENYA

(Mission Newswire) Don Bosco Technical Secondary School (Don Bosco Embu) in Embu Municipality, northwest of Nairobi, Kenya, educates young students in trades needed in Kenya’s industry. Most of the students at the school come from poor backgrounds and have little chance of an education. According to an article in Kenya News for Development, 41 youth have recently completed their education through the Jiajili program.

The youth studied at Don Bosco Embu and the Jeremiah Nyaga Technical Training Institute through a program sponsored by a collaboration between the Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation and the Embu County Government. More than 3,500 young people were trained as part of the program. The youth were also trained in entrepreneurship and given tools to start their own business.

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In the article, Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire said her government would continue to co-fund the program and tailor the training opportunities provided by the foundation for each individual program. She advised youth to register with companies to apply for the 30 percent government procurement reserved for youth, women and people with disabilities.

Since starting in January 1986, the school has grown into a major institution in the region. All of the young men who attend the school are boarders who live on campus full-time. Students have the opportunity to take courses in the trades of carpenter, bricklayer, vehicle mechanic, welder, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as carpentry. The school will soon be offering plumbing courses.

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When a student completes their education, they leave with a degree in their trade. This equips students to enter the job market qualified to use their technical skills in their respective fields.

“Salesian Technical and Vocational Training Centers help youth acquire the skills for employment,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the US development branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Salesian technical training helps young people to be competitive in the current job market and to make the transition from school to their future career easy.”

According to the World Bank, more than 7.8 million people in Kenya live in extreme poverty, the majority of them in rural areas. In rural areas, approximately 6.6 million people live on less than US$1.90 a day, while 1.1 million extremely poor people live in urban areas. Overall, the incidence of poverty has declined in recent years, but less so in urban than in rural areas.

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Youth living in Kenya’s larger cities like Nairobi are at risk of exploitation, forced labor and other abuses. Few attend the later stages of schooling compared to those living in the more rural areas of Kenya. The few schools that serve this disadvantaged community exceed the financial means of most families.

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Sources:

Don Bosco Embu

Kenya News for Development – 41 youth graduate with technical skills under Jiajili program

Salesian Missions – Kenya

World Bank – Kenya

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