Tana River poverty index expected to go down

Students learning skills through the Cap Youth Empowerment Initiative./COURTESY

Tana River, KENYA: Poverty index in Tana River County might fall in some few years to come if empowerment is done on the increasing youth population attaining Polytechnic skills in the county.

This is following an intervention program by Cap Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP YEI) to enroll youths including those who can only read and write and from needy families to get skills.

According to Center manager for Hola CAP YEI Tony Cheng’ori, through the program they have given skills to 275 youths across the county since its launch in 2018.

The CAP YEI has two centers in the county including Tarasaa Polytechnic where the youths get skills in Automobile, hair dressing and beauty therapy courses and another at Hola Polytechnic where they are offered welding and metal fabrication, security and guarding systems skills.

He also added that computer and entrepreneurship courses must be given to every student apart from the course section.

“Since last year we have enrolled 65 students in Hola and 210 students in Tarasaa Vocational Training Centers (VTC). The number includes youths who know how to read and write and those who did not get opportunity to proceed with education,” said Cheng’ori.

Through CAP YEI 165 students have graduated in two graduation ceremonies, 70 graduates in 2018 and 95 others this year.

Before joining CAP YEI program, Cheng’ori says a committee scrutinizes the selected student to know whether he or she is from poor background then other steps follow.

Recently, Tana River Education CEC Abas Kunyo assured the graduates of being considered in job opportunities in the county whenever they submit applications.

Kunyo told the public during the graduation ceremony that the county government would publish advertisement of 120 county security enforcement officers which they were requested to apply.