The Inaugural National Youth Summit, 2016
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission finally concluded its first ever national youth summit held as from 3rd to 7th May 2016 at the Multimedia University, Nairobi. Organized in primary partnerships with Ongoza, Nation Media Group and the Strathmore Business School, the summit brought together a total of 172 youth leaders with at least three delegates drawn from every county. This was aimed at harnessing their participation in informing policy and local civic engagement strategies on peace and security in Kenya.
The four-day Summit was an interactive convention, using ‘peer-review workshop format’ in which the youth leaders identified specific challenges to employment, peace and security in their local counties. They proposed policy and year-long mitigation community action projects specific to their counties to be undertaken in the period between 2016 and 2017 towards ensuring positive participation and peaceful elections in 2017.
Speaking at the Summit, the NCIC’s chairperson Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo urged the youth to take lead in the process of building a united Kenya. He encouraged them to shun negative ethnicity and refrain from divisive politics. “You are the people to build a nation called Kenya. You have what it takes to keep the country on the track of peace,” Said Hon. Kaparo. “You must shun negative ethnicity and look at each other with an eye of love, appreciation and as a member of one nation called Kenya.”