Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Monday, 13 October 2014

Home bound :)

Let us stop moving. Honestly we are doing more harm than good. Remember before devolution we spent months and months saving up for fare and life in the big city? Because we had limited access to resources that would render us more financially stable through jobs in our rural settings. But all that changed, I’d like to believe. Every day for as long as I can remember there are at least five jobs on the classifieds being offered by the county governments; yes; the very counties we are running away from. So we are in a desperate situation in which we have all flocked the big cities, with no motivation whatsoever to max on funds set aside for us, no proper housing, no proper sanitation (perfect recipe for health constraints by the way), no source of income and a myriad of other problems.
We are so quick to pack up and go because we have this insane misconception that there is automatic employment as soon as we touch base in the big city. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but whoever told you that that is the situation lied! Guess what? An analysis of hands-on data indicates that the counties with high rates of urbanization such as Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa tend to have higher levels of unemployment. That is the sad truth. And yes, urbanization equals employment but for how many of us? How about grass root development which is a whole lot likely to give a large number of jobs, and in the comfort of your ‘home’.  We leave so many opportunities in our hope to live the dream without necessarily putting into consideration the burden that it bears. We need to give our best shot in exploiting the opportunities that we are presented with at the county level. Let us turn them into blue print plans for developing our counties and possibly be the revolutionary youth who paved unlimited employment opportunities for consequent youth by getting rid of factors necessitating this rural-urban movement craze that has landed us in a lot of trouble. In any case, charity does begin at home, right? Human determination comes with it an unbridled resilience that liberates us from being victims of consequences. That is why success stories are bred from corners we once deemed impossible. What’s your story? Go back home and start from there. Leave no stone unturned guys. Remember the grass is NOT greener on the other side; the grass is greener where you water it!

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