A brighter future for Kenya?s young school leavers
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CTA. 2002. A brighter future for Kenya?s young school leavers. Rural Radio Resource Pack 02/1. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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The Limuru Agricultural Youth Centre takes eight students per year from each of Kenya?s districts, and trains them in agricultural production. The students are selected on the basis that they have passed their primary exams with good grades, but cannot afford to go on to secondary school. This report features the Principal of the centre, who describes the importance of its work, and two former students, who are now making a living from agriculture.
A brighter future for Kenya?s young school leavers CUE: Every year thousands of children in Kenya are forced to leave school because their parents can no longer afford to send them. Some of these even pass their primary school exams, but never have the chance to study further. For the lucky few, the Agricultural Youth Centre at Limuru, 25km north of Nairobi, offers the chance of a bright future. Students are selected from each of Kenya?s eight districts, and study at the centre for two years. They can learn crop and animal production, including cattle, pigs, rabbits and chickens. Eric Kadenge met Henry Kereni, the Principal of the centre, and two former students who are now earning a living from agriculture. His report begins with Mr. Kereni explaining the importance of agriculture for the centre?s young students. IN: ?Agriculture is still the ? OUT: ? soil for a better future. DUR?N 4?09? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: Elizabeth Joroge ending that report by Eric Kadenge on the Limuru Agricultural Youth Centre, in Kenya. Transcript Kereni Agriculture is still the backbone of our economy, it is still the sector that employs more than 70% of our people. Most of these people, since they are people who have not been able to get a chance to proceed with further education, skills relating to farming will make them more productive, they will engage themselves in the future, because as you know jobs are very difficult to come across. Kadenge Where do you get your students from? Kereni We admit from the whole of Kenya, six students per province. Kadenge And what are the requirements for admission into the centre? Kereni The students must have finished primary school education, with grades to enable them to proceed to high school, but because of the poverty that is so much prevalent in our country, they are unable to proceed to high school. Kadenge Do you charge anything in the form of fees for this training? Kereni Our training is free; it is fully sponsored. Kadenge And what are some of the activities that these students have got involved in once they get through their training? Kereni Some of the students do get employed in various farms. Others, those who are not fortunate enough to find wage employment, they engage in self-employment by starting various income-generating activities in the farm, such as poultry, vegetable growing, dairy, piggery and the like. Kadenge We are now driving on our way to the farms where we shall actually be talking to some of the beneficiaries of the Limuru Agricultural Youth Centre. Ok so you?ll start by telling us your name. Anjiro I?m Benino Anjiro, I?m an agriculturist. Kadenge What are these plants that we have in this nursery? Anjiro This is spinach. Kadenge And apart from spinach, what other plants do you grow? Anjiro Beetroot, cabbages, cornflowers, and also strawberries. Kadenge And where do you sell these crops once you harvest them? Anjiro I do sell them in Nairobi. Strawberries we take them to Ramesh, while this spinach, we take it to the markets. Kadenge How would you say the centre has helped you? Anjiro The centre has helped me because it has given me these techniques which I?m now using. Joroge My name is Elizabeth Njoki Joroge. Kadenge And before you joined the centre what were you doing? Joroge I usually at home; finished standard 8, and then I joined Limuru Boys. Kadenge Why didn?t you join Form 1? Joroge Because of financial problem, like my father was working at Mombasa, so the job was not so much good. He was getting very little money. So he didn?t make it. Kadenge Now are there times when you get to sell some of the things that you plant here? Joroge I usually sell. I find some men who are staying at Banana; they usually get these things at home and then get them to Nairobi. Kadenge How has the money that you get from these sales helped you? Joroge Through buying more seeds to plant and prepare for the coming season. And some I get and bring them to my child at Karen. Kadenge So this coming season what are you planning to cultivate? Joroge If for example I am having a bore hole there, I will plant cabbage, because it has the quickest yield. Kadenge If someone was to ask you to say something about the training centre, what would you have to say? Joroge I can say, through Limuru Boys, I come up with a skill of ploughing, and having my own money, being not borrowed from anybody. It is good to plough the land, because when you do good on your soil, you are able to get good thing through that soil for a better future. End of tape.