Shirikisho defines Youth as those of the age between 18-
During the colonial era, youth fully and effectively fought for Independence. It
also followed that during the Lancaster House Constitutional Conference, most of
the youth in political leadership were an insignificant minority. In the early days
after Independence many youthful members of Parliament were also an insignificant
minority. Most of these youthful leaders such as Tom Mboya, Pio Gama Pinto, J .M.
Kariuki and Martin Shikuku were extremely hard working and independent minded. Arising
out of this independent mindedness most of them often clashed with the establishment
because they challenged
the status quo. A number of them as a result ended up dying tragically. The youth in leadership were also central to the so-
Arising from the above scenario, the problems of the youth have continued to impart negatively on their aspirations. The glaring problems are:-
It is due to this lack of effective youth representation in parliament and the cabinet that all economic development strategies of all successive governments have ignored the youth. There is no effective youth policy on leadership, education and creation of employment. As a result many youth still cannot access education opportunities and employment. The government has ignored the development of the informal sector as potential employer of the majority of the youth and identification of talents among them.
Shirikisho believes in an all-
1. Facilitate a national process that will result in the national youth policy for leadership and development.
2. Initiate and ensure the enactment of legislation to establish a youth fund for national development and through participatory processes enable the youth to participate fully in its establishment, operationalization and sustenance.
3. Initiate enactment of legislation that ensures the leadership role of youth under 35 years in the social, political and economic activities of the Nation is realized.
4. Create linkages between the education sector and the economy through legislation and policies where the youth n school appreciate what is happening in the economy and aspire to the participation thereof as employees and self employed components of the national and regional economies.
5. Empower the youth physically, economically, financially, morally and politically.
6. Facilitate easy acquisition of national documents e.g identification cards, birth certificates and passports.
7. Prepare the youth for higher learning and open up more opportunities for the youth.
8. Initiate guiding and counseling programmers on HIV/AIDS, Drug abuse, premarital sex, early marriages and peer pressure influence.
9. Create moral awareness of the people’s existing cultural values e.g the model of dressing, food and religion.