Youth to Meet Uhuru in Virus Challenge

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta during a virtual meeting of the African Union (AU) Bureau on July 21, 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a virtual meeting of the African Union (AU) Bureau on July 21, 2020
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  • The National Youth Council has formulated an initiative dubbed the FursaVsVirus Challenge to cushion the youth during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The initiative is designed to facilitate the creation of tech and non-tech solutions to the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and for the economic recovery of the country.

    The challenge is also in line with 2020's theme of International Youth Day which focuses on Youth Engagement for Global Action.

    Kilifi youth getting indoctrinated to the National Hygiene Initiative that was launched by the National Government. April 30, 2020.
    Kilifi youth getting indoctrinated to the National Hygiene Initiative that was launched by the National Government. April 30, 2020.
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    The National Youth Council came up with the program to cushion the youth from the harsh economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    "This is an initiative that has been put forward by the National Youth Council to facilitate the development of Tech and Non-tech solutions to this challenge that has been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    "We want the youth to engage in solutions that will help us come out of the economic hardship that has been brought about," noted one of the officials.

    The thematic areas of focus include Education, Food Security, Environment & Energy, Government Support, Business & Economy and Social Welfare.

    County winners will be announced on Monday, August 6, with the national winners set to be announced six days later.

    The final winners will get a chance to engage President Uhuru Kenyatta on the ideas that they will have innovated to solve challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Youth from all the 47 counties are encouraged to participate as they will gain new skills, enjoy quality mentorship and become beneficiaries of potential business outcomes. 

    One can either participate as a participant, mentor or sponsor with the latter getting the chance to grow their brand presence as youth-focused organisations.

    Youths can apply for the initiative on the Fursa National Youth Council website. The initiative will come as a huge boost to youth with thousands rendered jobless by the pandemic.

    Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
    Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
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