In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, investing in the future by supporting the youth to realize the aspirations of Article 55 of the Constitution has become more important than ever. The Youth Bill (to be enacted into law), will play a critical role in achieving this goal by providing a legal framework that recognizes the unique needs and challenges that young people face, while outlining specific measures to address these issues.
The Youth Act, as it may be called, is envisaged to provide a platform for young people to have a voice in shaping policies that affect their lives, making it one of its primary benefits. The Government, through the State Department for Youth Affairs and the Arts, will ensure that its policies are relevant and responsive to young people’s needs by engaging with them and involving them in decision-making. This will not only empower young people but also give them a sense of ownership and investment in their country’s future.
Another critical aspect of the Youth Act is that it will provide young people with assistance and resources in areas such as education, employment, health, and social services. By investing in the development of young people, Kenya will lay a solid foundation for its future by producing a population that is well-educated, healthy, and productive. In addition to these benefits, the Act will help address the social and economic inequalities faced by young people. Kenya will break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage and promote greater social cohesion by ensuring that young people have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.
This legislation will be a powerful tool that Kenya can use to invest in its future and ensure the well-being and success of its youth. Recognizing the unique needs and challenges that young people face and taking concrete steps to address these issues will help the country create a brighter future for all of its citizens. For this reason, the SDYAA fraternity, led by PS Mr. Ismail Maalim Madey, is keen that this process is successful.