The premier edition of the Jichanue youth forum went down great at Mwatate CDF Hall last Saturday. The forum courtesy of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) organization in partnership with the Sote Hub will certainly be one to remember for the over 400 young people who attended.
The Jichanue event aims to enlighten the youth under the theme Skills for employment and youth empowerment.
The Chief Guests were Area Member of Parliament Hon. Mwadime and H.E. Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui.
In her remarks, Joyce Peshu, VSO Project Administrator and team leader welcomed all to the event giving a brief overview of VSO and the International Citizen Service. She highlighted the program as a conscious attempt to inform and engage the young people. She encouraged the young people on the three pillars; Skills, Knowledge and Networks.
Ken Ndungu spoke on Volunteering as a pathway for employment. The Statistician and UN Volunteer narrated his journey through volunteerism and the professional benefits and immense opportunities that it came along with. He reassured the young people to see beyond quick results but focus on building meaningful networks and delivering on their promise.
Sote Hub Manager Mr. Harry Mwailengo was one of the main speakers. He spoke on the opportunities in tech highlighting and explaining the innumerable ways young people can use internet for income through the online jobs. He advised them to spend more time online enhancing their knowledge instead of being stuck with social media and endless entertainment.
Hon. Mwadime in his speech expressed his delight at the turn up and pledged his support for next events. Recounting his journey prior to getting his first job back in the days. The charismatic Member of Parliament advised the youth to be more assertive, aggressive and most importantly be patient.
Chief Guest, Her Excellency the Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui in her speech noted the importance of going the extra mile in any venture. Notably she picked Milly Charo as an example, a lady who came all the way from Mombasa to exhibit her artwork. She encouraged young people in craft to form organizations, polish their products and find strategies of accessing wider market. She offered to sponsor 10 students to pursue computer packages.
A big thank you to our partners VSO, it was a indeed a successful afternoon.