Kenya Girl Guides Association marks World Thinking Day celebrations.
Nairobi, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Newly appointed Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Prof. Margaret Kobia, today joined the First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta who presided over the Kenya Girl Guides Association World Thinking Day Celebrations, at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi.
During the event, the First Lady also launched the Association’s Strategic Plan 2018-2028, which focuses on enlisting more than 3 million new members raising them to develop their fullest potential as leaders and responsible citizens of the World.
Delivering her speech, the First Lady hailed the organization which is the largest girls’ only movement in Kenya for providing opportunities to millions of young women to play their rightful role in the society.
Mrs. Kenyatta stated that the association has been active in Kenya for over 90 years with a membership comprising of every race, ethnicity, culture, class and religion.
Emphasizing the need for the management to work tirelessly towards achieving its intended targets, the First Lady hailed the Association for providing avenues for girls and young women to contribute to addressing global issues, advocate and campaign to influence policies that affect them and make a better world.
In her remarks, CS Prof. Kobia said the work of the Girl Guide Movement resonates very well with the mandate of the Ministry she is in charge, of empowering the youth of this nation both economically and socially citing a number of programmes which include:-
• Various affirmative funds for youth under the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) which provide loans to youth groups for economic empowerment.
• Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) which ensures youth owned enterprises are given preference when it comes to Government procurement.
• Kenya Youth Empowerment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP), that focuses on increasing employment and earning opportunities for youths through capacity building.
• National Youth Service (NYS), which offers various training programmes and will be in the forefront of implementing the President’s Transformative Agenda under the ‘Big Four’ (Manufacturing, Housing, Health Care and Food and Nutrition Security) and
• President’s Award Kenya (PA-K) which runs programmes aimed at building and recognizing exemplary character among the youth in Kenya.
Paying tribute to the First Lady for her good work to improve the quality of lives of Kenyans, Prof. Kobia cited the impact of the ‘Beyond Zero Initiative’, the Pupils Rewards Mentorship Programme and other numerous development initiatives that have transformed the lives of its beneficiaries.
In conclusion, CS Prof. Kobia pointed out other socially focused programmes being undertaken aimed at eliminating discrimination against young people concerning access to resources such as health and education.
“I believe that these programmes provide a good platform on which my Ministry and the Girl Guide Movement can engage and partner,” stated Prof. Kobia.
On her part, the chief commissioner for the Kenya Girl Guides Association (KGGA), Mrs. Jennifer Karina stated the preparedness of its officials to take the association to the next level of developing nurturing the girls to be responsible citizens.
CS Kobia visits Korogocho playground
Nairobi, March1, 2018
Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Professor Margaret Kobia, today visited Korogocho playgrounds to oversee the rehabilitation of the facility as directed by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, 26th February 2017 during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Reception Ceremony at State House Nairobi.
The facility was formerly occupied by the National Youth Service (NYS), and has long vacated. It is currently managed by local community members and it's used by area youths as a recreational facility and as a sports talent centre.
Accompanied by the National Youth Service (NYS) Director General, Dr. Richard Ndubai and other senior government and NYS officials, CS Kobia informed residents that, NYS will embark on rehabilitation works in a week's time and carry out the directive to the latter as directed by the Head of State.
While noting concerns from the managers of the facility, Prof Kobia directed them to liaise with the local administration so as to detail their complaints with a view of finding a lasting solution.
“Listening to you, it emerges that there are different stakeholders claiming a stake to this facility and that you have several complaints which need a systematic way of dealing with. It is imperative to have a consultative meeting between all of you and the local administration, under the guidance of the Mathare Assistant County Commissioner", CS Kobia advised.
The Cabinet Secretary assured the residents that the rehabilitation works will be carried out in phases and will begin with leveling of the pitch, planting of grass and improvements works on the building to bring it to an acceptable standard.
Prof. Kobia also urged the officials to compile a memorandum which will guide on how to handle the emerging issues concerning the affairs of the stadium.
Responding to their questions, CS Kobia underlined the Government's willingness to cooperate with them in solving their problems amicably while at the same time sparing no efforts in improving the quality the living environment of its citizens, regardless of whether they reside in slums or in urban areas.
On completion, this playground will be used by the local community.