While there has been vigorous campaigns to show youths the important of technical courses in the modern world especially for students who did not manage to attain university grade, 120 students graduated after getting training with Best Kenya youth initiative equipping them with different skills.
The students who incorporated those from Tharaka and Maua region and who have been on 3 months training on various skills including hospitality, mechanic and hospitality had their graduation ceremony at Marimanti primary school grounds which was graced by the initiative’s executive director Mr. Francis Mbugua.
Speaking during the event, Mbugua called upon young people who may not have attained desirable grades to enable them enroll to universities to make arrangement and enroll in the initiative since getting low grades is not the end of life.
“ Having gotten grades that does not secure a slot in a public university or having not completed school does not mean life has to stop at the point. I am urging idle youths out there who may not be having skills that could help them secure an employment or employ themselves to enroll to our program and have their lives transformed,’’ Mbugua said.
This being the first batch of the students under the initiative from Tharaka and Maua centers to graduate after 3 months training, Mbugua revealed that they are set to enroll the second batch of students under the program come January to ensure all deserving young people have benefited from the program.
Alice Karithi one of the students who graduated after attaining skills in hair dressing through the initiative lauded the program for having come to rescue desperate young people who are out there stranded after getting poor grades and also urged other young people to embrace it.
“I thank Best Kenya initiative for remembering youths who have no ideas of what step to take next after failing to make it to Universities and Colleges or even complete school. I therefore urge my fellow youths out there who may find the program useful for them to enroll and shape their future,’’ she said.
Best Kenya youth empowerment program is a social enterprise working in partnership with national and county governments and currently operating in Tharaka, Maua and Nyeri focusing mainly on young people aged between 18-30 years and who have not been able to attain university grades or even to complete schooling.
The program targets youths employability skills training which are driven by demands in the prevailing markets and the trainees are enrolled for a 3 months training after which the trainees goes for 3 months internship before they are released to seek employment or employ themselves.
Mr. Mbugua finally asked every stake holder in Tharaka and Maua to help them reach out deserving young people out there and help them enroll to the program for brighter and a better future.