A much trending topic on Twitter this week is #WhatKenyanYouthsNeed. Many Kenyans voiced their opinion on this media platform and here are a few things that came out clear:
- To stand up for societal virtues.
Tribalism and corruption are social evils that have inhibited our country and to some extent our culture. However many youth in Kenya seem to care very little if at all about these issues. When the older generation dies of the youth become the future therefore they should stand against such societal wrongs among other things bound to ruin them.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed stop tribalism & see evryone as a brother, we can make it..tribalism kills the future & spirit
— Collo Is Mambobiad (@Collobrown25) January 27, 2016
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed is to STAND UP against: ❌ Tribalism ❌ Corruption ❌ Impunity ❌ Poor leadership ❌ Politics of diaper mentality
— Upright Citizen (@NEPpundit) January 27, 2016
- Quit living textbook lives.
The education system in Kenya has proven to be theory oriented as opposed to being practical. Loads of graduates are going into jobs without having the skill-set to perform their duties at work. Others aren’t even getting chances to have those jobs and resort to staying home until they do expecting their lives to flow in the average manner that the system has fashioned them to. Few Kenyan youth know how to use their minds to create jobs for themselves and that is what they need to do- create employment for themselves if none is available to them.
A platform to explore their talents,increase vocational training,not be forced into white color jobs #WhatKenyanYouthsneed
— RUITHA KEVIN (@RuithaKevin) January 27, 2016
- Proper education
A lose education system is not the fault of the student, rather the educator. The system should be improved or revolutionized to equip the youth to achieve.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed is more of technical skills in education than the mentality of white-collar job!
— Om’heri Robbyn (@Omweri_Robin) January 27, 2016
— Panthera Voke (@PantheraVoke) January 27, 2016
The job market in Kenya has diversified and white collar jobs are not the only ones available. Employment in the art industry too has grown but not much support or recognition. Musicians, designers (fashion, interior and graphic), Disc Jockeys, Event organizers, Chefs, Dancers/Acrobats, Actors, Artists and Writers mostly have to settle for pay that is less than their work’s worth. Support and respect for these occupations should be the same as for others.
— everlasting bastard (@joseirungu94) January 27, 2016
- Less intoxication, more saving
Many youth have adapted alcoholism and drug abuse. Indulge if you may but do not over-indulge, it drains your body and your accounts. In your youth take time to make investments and save before you have a family and even more bills to pay.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed to realize that Alcohol doesn’t make you cool, it makes you an idiot for as long as you are drunk.
— Kiki Masai (@kikimasai) January 27, 2016
After you attain your degree, you apply for a job and according to the qualifications you are the perfect for the job, except for one thing; you do not have the 5years experience that they asked for. Studying daily 8 a.m. -5p.m. at a university does not exactly leave time for you to work a job. Even if you could, they’ll ask for experience that you do not have. Corporates as well as the government should give more opportunities in this area.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed is an opportunity to prove their skills and knowledge, 10 years experience is crazy. A chance first!
— samuel thuku (@thukusamuel60) January 27, 2016
Imagine govt contracting agricultural professional youths and lending capital to young entrepreneurs to do business?. #WhatKenyanYouthsNeed
— Hillary Kitoto (@KitotoHillary) January 27, 2016
- Mentorship and empowerment
Older people in some leadership positions complain that youth are reckless in decision making but there are few that are interested in grooming the youth for leadership. The youth are shot down more often than they are motivated. A wide population of youth are killed or arrested for being involved in crime. Sometimes this is merely false accusation. Rehabilitation is less of an option as opposed to cruel punishment.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed is Leadership & Empowerment. Kenyans Got Talent.
— Mbuthiah Maingi (@mmbuthiah) January 27, 2016
- To read more, surf less
Reading culture is not widely embraced in Kenya but it is one of the things Kenyans on Twitter thought the Kenyan Youth need to do as opposed to being online all the time giving people updates on their lives.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed to do is know the consequences of social media ratchetness is felt in real life
— #theblogger (@MwendeFrey) January 27, 2016
- To stop valuing being Team Mafisi
KOT thought that Kenyan youth should value women and treat them well as opposed to be proud members of the Mafisi SACCO.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed is to stop being proud to be Mafisi who use and destroy young girls and be Lions who protect their ladies.
— Kiki Masai (@kikimasai) January 27, 2016
A number of Kenyans on Twitter think that Kenyan youth need Jesus, that only He can save us.
#WhatKenyanYouthsNeed its all about coming back to God n game shot
— Real_GUNNER (@stanleywmuchemi) January 27, 2016
— Hashtag Prophet (@kenyan_pundit) January 27, 2016