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March 22, 2018

President’s Award youth climb Mt Kenya

UPHILL TASK: Youth PS Lillian Mbogo-Omollo (seated left) with participants at Mt Kenya National Park on Sunday.
UPHILL TASK: Youth PS Lillian Mbogo-Omollo (seated left) with participants at Mt Kenya National Park on Sunday.

One hundred and ten Gold Level Adventurous participants drawn from four African countries have embarked on climbing Mt Kenya on a mission to develop and drive quality programmes that equip young people with leadership qualities.

The youths aged between 18 and 24 years were flagged off on Sunday at the Sirimon gate by Public service, youth and gender affairs permanent secretary Ms Lillian Mbogo- Omollo.

The five day journey will culminate with one on one interactive session with President Uhuru Kenyatta, selected business leaders and sponsors on Friday at the Old Moses camp on the mountain.

Among the issues to be discussed are attaining a beneficial education, improving their employment prospects, health and well being.

Others are creating sustainable livelihoods that protect or work with the environment, being more involved in civic life, and encouraging social inclusion, gender equality, conflict resolution and peace building within their communities.

The youths drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana are being hosted by the seeing is believing under The President’s Award in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in Africa.

“The programme grants the young people with opportunity to discover and nurture potential leadership skills as well as motivation to serve the community” regional director for Africa Edwin Kimani noted.

The journeys is a mandatory requirement for young people participating in the Award programme, and at this level, have for between one year and one –and-a-half years participated in giving service to their communities, learnt and developed skills and taken part in physical fitness activities.

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