UNLEARNING, LEARNING AND RELEARNING TO SURVIVE COVID19 EFFECTS

Not very long ago, Alvin Toffler who is an American writer said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” COVID19 caused entrepreneurs to rethink their engagements. One such entrepreneur who has had her company Swift Office Supplies re-strategize, is Jennifer Adal.” When COVID19 hit, all institutions we were making supplies to, closed.” These learning instit...

Lost my Home but NOT my Hope

This Covid-19 period has been quite a challenge especially for slum dwellers. Majority of people within the informal community lost their sources of income as most of them survive on menial jobs. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kangemi, is home to nearly 100,000 people reliant on subsistent wages often earned by travelling long distances across the city to jobs that provide a daily wage.Habu Dorcas is a young woman and a member of Kenya Peas...

SILVER LINING IN THE MIDST OF COVID19

It has been said that pandemics exacerbate inequalities in a society. That has been true about the COVID19 pandemic, but in the middle of this life threatening situation that has paralyzed economic activities, there are some Mathare residents that are grateful that this pandemic brought out a better side of them.Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi, has slightly over half a million population that did not get spared when it came to COVID19....

“Patches of Beauty” The Success of Kenya’s Devolution

When Kenya lost its focus on building an inclusive, common and homogeneous society with a common goal after independence, it landed into the marshy waters of tribal divisions (ethnicity) and a divided nation in all aspects of the social spectrum. Its result is “patches of beauty” dotting the generally beautiful country. Unfortunately, these patches were not evenly distributed with a large chunk of the country left behind in development due to une...

Where is ‘my’ money?

July 15 2019 will remain a memorable day to most Kenyans. In a case of reversed roles, our leaders took to the streets protesting over delayed disbursement of monies to the counties.While Kenyans are used to seeing common mwananchi on the streets; chanting, displaying placards and demonstrating against something they feel is veracious, that particular day of the seventh month was awkwardly different. Alas! governors and senators matched...

Counties Should Embrace And Support TVET To Lower Unemployment And Crime

The growing problem of youth unemployment and underemployment is one of the main socio-economic development concerns of most African governments. Without job-related skills, youth and adults cannot benefit from the employment opportunities that offer a decent income.In many countries, one of the key elements of development is to support young people acquire professional skills through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program...

Consumer groups partner with counties to sensitize consumers and vendors on milk safety

Consumer organizations in Kenya are holding public forums with counties in Central, Rift Valley and Nyanza regions to sensitize consumers and area residents on the safety of milk and other foodstuffs.The organizations through their newly formed national umbrella- Consumer Voice of Kenya and under the ‘Voice for Change initiative’ have raised high concerns of adulteration of milk using water, chemicals, margarine and wheat flour to change colour a...