The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has entered into discussions with the University of Nairobi about ways of strengthening existing partnerships and using technology to cater for the needs of vulnerable children and the illiterate groups of people.
UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Mr. Mohammed Dlamin, UNECO Country Director, noted that the youth need to be empowered with practical entrepreneurship skills to help them in launching business start ups before giving them funds.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that the University is a hub of innovation where students are mentored to deal with issues like business start-ups, jobs, security, violent extremism and peace building initiatives.
Among the issues discussed during the meeting include : skills development for the young people to help them be attractive to employers, peace building initiatives, consolidating the gains of democracy, dealing with youth extremism and dealing with adult literacy in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030.
Institutions of higher learning were challenged to play a key role in dealing with adult literacy by pooling together their resources, equipment and technological expertise.
On her part, Prof. Judith Bahemuka, Chair, UNESCO-UNITWIN, noted that the there are programs in place to help the youth deal with issues like jobs, peace and security.
Also present during the meeting include : Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Timothy Waema, School of Computing and Informatics and Dr. Timothy Omwasa, Cordinator, Nairobi Innovation Week.