Youth empowerment the best bet in taming violent extremism

Youths during the launch of the Hands On the Future' National TVET Skills Show 2019 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi on February 8, 2019. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

What you need to know:

  • Today’s youth are more educated than any previous generation. However, this has rarely translated into economic opportunities.
  • Whether misled or forced with false promises, threats or exploitation of grievances, youth are increasingly lured by violent extremist organisations globally.
  • now, more than ever, young people must take their rightful place at the centre of the development narrative across Africa.
  • Of particular interest is the situation of youth in hard-to-reach areas such as the arid and semi-arid lands, who are increasingly disgruntled by dim prospects of good jobs.

The heinous terrorist attack on 14 Riverside Drive in January 2019, that took the lives of 21 people brought out two key messages: that Kenya is much better prepared to respond to such crises, and that Africa must urgently address the drivers of extremism among youth.

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