Blue Economy Holds Out Hope for Kenyan Youth
It all started with empowering the youth who frequent Elimu Resource Centre with information to better their lives. In that pursuit we found ourselves entering into the Blue Economy conversation – that is currently a huge focus across the globe as the world’s next frontier of economic growth. Kenya hosted the intrenational global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi in November 2018 sponsored by the Canadian government. This was followed by a series of Blue Economy forums specifically for youth that were organized by the Youth Congress in partnership with the Canadian High Commission and UN-Habitat.
Elimu is situated in Malindi, one of the major towns along the coast region. It’s obvious that youth from Malindi and Kilifi County at large should be well informed and highly engaged with the Blue Economy conversations and activities. Due to this Elimu took the initiative. We invited the Canadian High Commissioner and Mr. Raphael Obonyo, the founder of the Youth Congress, to join the youth of Malindi during our December Info Forum. They came to engage with youth and talk to them about the Blue Economy. The initiative has been applauded by all who attended and the event has brought fourth more invitations to other B.E forums. We also had representatives from the youth congress at our e-Learning Open Day who gave an in-depth presentation about the Blue Economy opportunities for youth, a session that motivated most high school graduate to start inquiring more about courses in this sector.