Kenya’s education system is failing to meet market needs, as it does not prepare the labor market entrants with appropriate skills (World Bank 2016).
One million youth join the work force every year, which means that Kenya needs a million new jobs every year for the next 10 years to keep up with the rapidly-expanding youth bulge. Of these youth, only about one in five is likely to find a formal job, with the rest either being unemployed or engaged in some non-wage earning occupation (UNDP 2017).
Failing to find a solid link between the academics and the “real world,” many youth do not develop the skills demanded by employers. There is a mismatch between what youth learn in school and the skills needed at the workplace.
What is needed is a systematic and concentrated approach to equip youth with skills, mindsetsand opportunities that will transform them into successful job seekers, job-creators and a hopeful generation of youth living with disabilities and focused in making positive impact in the society.