Youth Mentorship Marsabit
Youth Mentorship Marsabit
February 15th – 17th 2018 saw eMentoring Africa in conjunction with Abrassa Mentorship and Empowerment Network (AMEN) bring mentorship to the youth of Marsabit County. Youth from the four sub-counties of Saku, North Horr, Moyale and Laisamis were convened for the 2-day transformational mentorship forum at the Gof Hotel in Saku sub-county, Marsabit town.
After the introductory session, the County Government of Marsabit briefed the youth on the programs they offer which include: cutting across capacity building, prevention of early marriages, anti-FGM and substance abuse campaign. In addition, the County continues to promote sports activities through competitive leagues and tournaments in each sub-county. Finally, a number of Vocational Training Centers for youth have been set up offering free skilled training courses in masonry, tailoring and mechanics. The highlight of the County presentation was the free computer literacy program (CLP) being offered in different centers with a goal to equipping the youth with modern ICT skills after completion of high school.
This was followed by a kick off of the Pass It On program which is anchored on four key pillars, namely: Entrepreneurship Sensitization, Career Guidance, Volunteerism and Talent Commercialization. A team of visiting facilitating mentors shared their insights and personal journey under each pillar, after which the youth were divided into discussion groups to respond to questions that accorded them the opportunity to share ideas, experiences and skills whilst raising key issues and challenges they face in their day to day lives. The discussion was kept as engaging as possible with fun ice breakers and team building activities.
A key highlight of the mentoring sessions was a meeting between eMentoring Africa and all the female participants. During this session, the participants expressed a deep appreciation to AMEN, but also raised a concern and desire to reach out to their fellow ladies in the villages, who were not able to attend the forum. It was agreed that a special program will be rolled out with a focus on empowering the young women of Marsabit especially in the areas of ICT and entrepreneurship.
On the final day, Saturday 17th February, the County Government organized a tree-planting community service program at a location known as Kofia Mbaya near Tahidi High School. Dignitaries who attended and planted trees included the County Deputy Commissioner (representing the County Commissioner for Marsabit), the Member of County Assembly, Saku area, the Chief Officer, Youth Affairs Madam Fatma, and Ms. Esther Muchiri, CEO – eMentoring Africa. The youth then followed suit and participated in planting the 1,050 trees with a promise of taking care of them in order to conserve the environment.
Special mention and appreciation to two outstanding youth leaders, Youth Bunge Forum Marsabit President Mr. Issack, and the National Youth Council for Marsabit Mr. Adan Mulata. Their work of leading the youth to undertake transformational programs in Marsabit is highly commendable. This however would not be possible without the excellent support and leadership provided by the Youth Department Chief Officer Ms. Fatma Wario, assisted by the Youth Principal Officer Ibrahim and Youth Alliance Officer Rahma.