By Amoto Dennis Ndiewo.
The Garissa County Government will spend Sh40 million to revive and equip technical vocational centers in the region.
Garissa Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane said the County Government was geared on empowering the youth through vocational training.
Presiding over adonation of equipment by Aga Khan Foundation to Garissa Technical Training College, Dagane urged locals to embrace technical education.
“This is the only avenue which we can use to reduce unemployment in Garissa county,’’ he said.
The donation included 15 computers, three printers, 36 sewing machines with tablet motors and cloths.
To encourage sports, the foundation also donated six football nets, and six volleyballs and netballs.
‘’Youth polytechnics are of great importance to us and we would like to concentrate our efforts on them to spur jobs,’’’ said the Deputy Governor.
Dagane clarified that technical training was well captured in their campaign and it is also in their integrated development plan and has budgetary allocation.
In an attempt to reinforce this policy Dagane askedMCAs to always support any budgetary allocation for vocational training centers whenever tabled in the assembly.
The Aga Khan Foundation manager for northern Kenya, Mohamed Mwachausa said the goal of technical training is to improve quality of training technical and vocational education (TVET) centers .The sports equipment he said would go a longway in making training more exciting and appeal for youth.
Quoting the adage all work and no play makes jack a dull boy he said that the sports equipment supposed to make students not only be book worms but add a little enjoyment.
He said he believed the Sh40 million would go a long way in improving the life and livelihood of the youth who were currently unemployed.