Despite being the largest economy in East Africa, a large percentage of Kenya’s population lives in absolute poverty, earning a meager KSh.100 a day. People around the country are involved in multiple occupations, ranging from formal jobs to the informal jobs. While there is certainly no lack of skilled labor in the country, there is a lack of literacy among the nation’s poor resulting from the financial inability to acquire a proper education. This creates a vicious cycle, where generation upon generation of underprivileged individuals is unable to obtain the education they require to become successful in today’s ever changing society.
The youth have tremendous power to change this situation. Initiatives like forming self-help groups and spreading awareness in rural areas, educating the illiterate in one’s own localities, creating charitable programmes for poverty etc, can be the measures which we can take against poverty.
Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy environment. It is recognized that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries often by the powerful few have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in who depend on natural resources for their livelihood
Poverty eradication and environmental protection should be mutually supportive. The youth should indulge in campaigns that focus on the necessity of keeping the environment clean in the localities where they reside. In particular, comprehensive health programmes in preventive medicine, including immunization and control of communicable diseases should be implemented. There should also be strong support and faster implementation of campaigns to tackle the social causes of diseases – like the ‘roll back malaria’ initiative, and programs to fight HIV/AIDS.
Quality basic education, as well as secondary and higher education, vocational training, and skill acquisition throughout life are indispensable tools to eradicate poverty. Education and awareness of citizen’s rights are two major gateways for eradication of poverty. The youth should also take advantage of government/NGO programmes that support youth entrepreneurship and other poverty eradication programmes.