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Uhuru Kenyatta Statement on the International Youth Day

Uhuru Kenyatta Statement on the International Youth Day

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Uhuru Kenyatta Statement on the International Youth Day
Uhuru Kenyatta Statement on the International Youth Day

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Published by: H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Aug 12, 2011
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International Youth Day 2011
Theme: Change Our World
Today, we join the world in marking the 25
th
anniversary of the International YouthDay. This day celebrates, appreciates, and encourages the young people of our nationswhose vitality, ingenuity, and vision can be the greatest asset to any community thatchooses to do one thing- listen. We in the world and we in Kenya must strive to paygreater attention to our youth. We do our nations a great dis-service when we chooseto aggravate rather than support young people and when we choose to tell them howits done rather than listen to how it could be done. We do our youth a great dis-service when we choose to sideline them and push them into complacency rather thandemand the excellence we know them to be capable of.We must, therefore, make every effort to listen to their concerns, their grievances,their idea’s and their aspirations. We must hear them and allow the words that theysay to affect the deepest parts of our rational conscience and emotional intellect. Wemust allow ourselves to be surprised by the vast extent of their wit, creativity, andinnovative ability, to empathize with their challenges and to understand their lives.We must stop looking at the youth as an issue to be dealt with and begin to see themas a formidable force to be reckoned with. As a group of able-minded, creative,hopeful people with ambitions that we should encourage and opinions that we mustlisten to. Most of us have heard the words youth and change used together many times before.It is hardly a unique idea and yet it continues to present itself to us. Perhaps becauseyoung people have not come to experience the full weight of cynicism that so oftenfinds its way into our hearts and minds with age; perhaps because they have not cometo fully understand the need for compromise and trade-offs, or perhaps because theyhave not fully internalized the meaning of “impossible” or because their minds havenot been so dulled by reality that they can no longer dream- whatever the case may

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Indeed the Youth are the Fulcrum of any Nation...in any progressive plan,in any action,in any ideology...without the youth you have NO course...its the power within,to act and to bring any meaningful change into the society...
Julius Too added this note
If all the people could think and act as per your suggestion Kenya would be abetter place to live in but the problem is that words without action is meaningless a do hope and pray that you will perform Mr Deputy Prime Minister be blessed always.
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