Youth Affairs, KSG partner to professionalize youth workKSG-admin
By Ephline Okoth
The Government of Kenya seeks to mainstream and to professionalize work by and for the youth, an effort that is focused on empowering the young people to effectively contribute to sustainable development.
The initiative which has been spearheaded by the State Department for Youth Affairs in collaboration with the Kenya School of Government seeks to recognize youth development work through strategic education and training.
A meeting between the State Department and the School on Wednesday February 17, 2021 deliberated on curriculum development for the upcoming Diploma in Youth Development Work which forms part of the professionalization process.
The former Principal Secretary Youth Affairs Mr. Julius Korir (now Principal Secretary for Devolution) said the initiative is critical to the integration and recognition of youth work in Kenya.
“This is a deliberate action for mainstreaming youth development work. The program aims to equip learners with knowledge, skills and competencies required for effective youth development work in the public and private sectors,” said Mr. Korir.
The program is expected to ‘realize empowered and conscientious youth who are able to meaningfully participate in the socio-economic and political development of the country.’ Further, it will ‘lead to establishment of a standardized practice and professionalism among youth workers’.
Director General of the School Prof. Ludeki Chweya commended the effort and initiation of the program, which he said was putting great ideas into action.
“Many times we have great ideas but which we rarely put into action. This is, therefore, a significant step in achieving focused youth development work in Kenya,” he said.
The DG said that the School will leverage on existing expertise at the School and in the public service to deliver on the program.
“KSG has a pool of professionals, both within and in the public service, and will also work with the State Department to identify more experts to support the training,” said Prof. Chweya.
He also indicated that the School will adopt tested approaches that realize fruitful mobilization of trainees to the programs which targets youth development officers, youth volunteers, youth Community Based Organizations, and youth workers in public, private and civil society sectors among others.
Commonwealth asserts that youth work is a ‘relational profession that is built around the skills and competencies of engaging young people to enhance their self-esteem, social connectedness, productivity and employability, emotional and intellectual maturity, and autonomy.’
KSG Director Academic Affairs Dr. Josephine Mwanzia, National Youth Council Chief Executive Officer Mr. Roy Sasaka Telewa, Secretary Youth Affairs Mr. Raymond Ochieng, KSG Director Learning and Development Dr. Rachel Ngesa, and Manager Corporate Communications Mr. Samwel Kumba also attended the meeting.