In Kenya, 70% of the population is under 30 years old. By 2050, the number of children under age 18 in Kenya will increase from 23 million to 36 million, a 57% increase; the number of adolescents will increase at a greater rate (73%).
Due to Kenya’s new Constitution (2010) requiring basic education and the government’s key programs of Free Primary Education (2003) and Free Day Secondary Education (2008), Kenya has increased school participation and completion rates:
- Primary school enrollment increased to 95.9% net enrollment
- Primary completion rates increased from 57.2% in 2003 to 80.3% in 2012
- Secondary school enrollment increased 177% between 2000 and 2013
- Gender parity in primary school has increased to .98 in both primary and secondary school
- 78% of those ages 15+ are literate
Although net enrollment in secondary has increased by 61%, it is still low at 33.1%.
Priorities in Sustainable Development Goals 2030 include education and skills development with the emphasis on educating job creators through vocational training (instead of educating job seekers). Increasing the number of technical and vocational education facilities and skill-based jobs is also a priority.
Economic reports are forecasting that Kenya is poised to be among the fastest-growing economies in the East Africa region, and has significant jobs available for the near and long-term future in its Kenya Vision 2030—most of which are dependent on engineering, technological, and innovation skills.
Kenya is a world leader in mobile money accounts and in mobile penetration. Mobile money services has contributed significantly to greatly reducing or eliminating long-held gaps in financial access and inclusion in Kenya and in bringing greater access to marginalized populations. A study has found that in rural Kenyan households that adopted M-PESA, incomes increased by 5-30%.
Just recently, Kenya has attained 100% wireless coverage and has a 98% cell phone ownership rate (exceeding that of the U.S.) This allows residents to become part of the global economy without having to move to urban centers and allows rural families to add entrepreneurial non-agriculture income to agricultural income.
Unique needs in Kenya include urban slums and refugees: Nairobi’s slums are the fourth fastest-growing slum population of all developing countries in the world. Kenya is home to large groups of refugees and has the largest refugee camps in the world.
The Region – Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is famous for being home to the Nairobi National Park with a large and diverse wildlife, the world’s only game reserve found within a major city
YTF serves youth living in Nairobi slums of Mukuru kwa Njenga, Kibera, and Sinai. Residents live in extreme, multidimensional poverty most without running water, electricity, healthy sanitation, or safe housing. YTF collaborates closely with schools so that both students and teachers are earning new technology skills.
Wezesha Digital Village
Wezesha is Swahili for “empower”. This is the focus and ultimate goal of Wezesha Digital Village. YTF provides a range of programs from technology education to 3D printing and entrepreneurship with a special focus on girls. YTF Academy, in particular, is a significant source of technical skills that allows girls to escape poverty and life in slums. YTF also provides business skills and financial literacy training for young entrepreneurs.
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Support YTF’s Work in Kenya
There are 2 ways to make a financial investment in YTF’s work in Kenya. You can mail a check to the YTF mailing address in the U.S. at:
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)
119 Evergreen Road
P.O. Box 436411
Louisville, KY 40253
Alternatively, you may donate here to make a secure donation to YTF’s work in Kenya.
YTF continuously seeks volunteers to mentor and support youth in their learning and economic growth. To volunteer, email us!