The County government of Tana River in Kenya is set to launch a US $92,644.06 Youth Empowerment and Innovation Center at the Hola Vocational Training Center. According to County Executive Member for Education, Sports, Gender and culture Abass Kunyo, the center will be a One–Stop Information Unit. “It will provide our youth with all the necessary information to facilitate their participation in the development agenda,” he said.
Youth Empowerment and Innovation Center
The center will have a capacity building and computer lab unit where the youth will be trained on access to government procurement, creative economy, entrepreneurship, leadership skills and ICT.
Furthermore, the CECM mentioned that in collaboration with Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) the center will support talent development in film making and acting. The County has a total of eight vocational training centers. “The innovation hub will be one of a kind. It will have an indoor and outdoor games facilities,” he added.
The center which is to be launched next month is being developed in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya School of Government (KSG), National Youth Council (NYC) and Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC). It is the second of its kind in Kenya after the one in Isiolo County.
Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC)
Frontier Counties Development Council brings together counties in Kenya’s Northern Frontier of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir. These regions have for a long time been economically marginalized, have suffered fragility, instability, poverty and insecurity. Amidst all these low indices, the frontier Counties have immense potentials for development.
The County Governors of these frontier counties have therefore come together to accelerate the social economic development of the area especially in advancing peace and development so as to harness the development potential of the region