The youth have been urged to be resilient in the face of challenges they encounter in their enterprises and be innovative in finding solutions to curb cases of unemployment.
Several youth in Kenya marked International Youth Day by engaging in an online session with leading businesspersons including the Patron of Globe Peace Foundation in Kenya Dr. Manu Chandaria.
Speaking during the zoom parley, Dr. Chandaria highlighted the important roles youth play in society terming them the backbone of a country.
Chandaria urged the youth to be committed to their work, be honest, use their time wisely and set a goal that will propel them to work harder to achieve it.
“You hold the hand of your own destiny and if you do nothing, you become zero enabled. Don’t say you can’t do it, do it!” said Chandaria.
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCIC) Vice President Ms. Fatma Elmaawy explained ways in which KNCIC has worked with youths in the 47 counties of Kenya and imparted them with necessary skills needed in most industries within and outside Kenyan borders.
“As a chamber, we ensure that we partner with youths to impact them with relevant skills needed in industries, access to market and finance, give them access to credit as well as put youths in a hub to grow their business,” Elmaawy noted.
She further encouraged the youths to work with people in order to have market linkages, generate solutions for future generations and not dwell on challenges.
Jefferson Anduvate, a youth present at the social summit advocated for youths to have a platform to push forward and address their issues in order to find a variety of solutions to help guide them on the right path.
“Youth should embrace digital literacy in order to give them opportunities to market their goods and services to a wider group of people,” said Anduvate.
The International Youth Day Summit which was hosted by KNCIC in partnership with various stakeholders envisaged to reach a large group of youths to educate them on their role in promoting peace, attainment of the Sustainable Developmental Goals and encouraging youth entrepreneurship.