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President Kenyatta: Covid-19 has affected the international youth empowerment agenda

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the crown epidemic has temporarily affected the international agenda to ensure that young people between the ages of 10 and 24 are provided with education, training or employment by 2030.

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Speaking on Friday evening during an online conference on Generation unlimited- (GenU) on leadership, President Kenyatta said many young people had lost their jobs and livelihoods, while others fell victim to alcohol addiction, drug abuse and early pregnancy.

He said many youths were particularly affected when schools were temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

However he said despite the problem the youth have developed new innovations that make the forum maintain its meaning and significance.

He cited the example of young Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo, from Kenya who won the 2020 GenU Award, after designing the breathing apparatus that earned him the United Nations recognition of the year.

President Kenyatta emphasized the need for young people to be given the opportunity to showcase their talents, saying they are the ones who have the ability to innovate and maintain the strategic goals of the GenU strategy.

The national leader wanted the youth to work together through networks and encourage entrepreneurship and new knowledge among the youth to bring about change.

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