On October 24th of this year, Mr. Raymond Ochieng HSC, Secretary Youth Development, together with partners from Horn of Africa Youth Network, County Governance Watch IPHRD, National Youth Council, ACT Kenya, and others, officially inaugurated the Youth Social Hall Meetings on Youth Peace and Security at Joseph Kang’ethe Primary School in Kibra.

Encouraging the youths to freely express their concerns on peace and security matters, the Secretary emphasized, “Today, we are here to listen to you and not to condemn you.” He assured the Kibra youths that the State Department for Youth Affairs would collaborate with World Vision and other partners to establish an ICT Hub in Kibra, addressing radicalization through cyber security training.

Furthermore, he pledged to involve the Governor of Nairobi County in finalizing the social hall, emphasizing its role in nurturing and monetizing talents while countering violent extremism.

The Kibra DCC, also present, urged the youth to address their challenges and focus on positive aspects of their lives. He promised full government support to empower and safeguard the youth, encouraging them to be champions and ambassadors of peace and security.

This initiative is part of a three-day program coordinated by Director Emily Maina, Youth Social Development in the State Department for Youth Affairs, focusing on Youth Peace and Security meetings. The events take place today at Joseph Kang’ethe Hall, Sarakasi Hall-Ngara, tomorrow October 25th, and on October 26th, 2023, at the University of Nairobi.

Director Emily highlighted that the State Department has organized various sensitization forums involving the youth on Youth, Peace, and Security, a critical component within its mandate for positive achievements and the realization of the Youth Agenda. The meetings include State Actors and Non-State Actors in the mentioned venues to consolidate the Youth Agenda, as mentioned by Director Maina.