In 2018, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta was unanimously endorsed as the Global Champion of the Young People’s Agenda by the United Nations. This requires him to catalyse pro-youth actions to address the dreams, ambitions and hopes of more than 1.8 billion young people globally which MUST start in Kenya. The Out-of-School Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation (OSYSTEI) is a Presidential Legacy Plan to promote peace and resilience through creating alternative livelihoods for youth through ST& I.
The OSYSTEI program was launched in February 2019 by the then Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, at CEMASTEA in the presence of 60 youths from nine counties—Makueni, Kwale, Kilifi, Nyeri, Laikipia, Wajir, Garissa, Kiambu & Lamu. The programs seeks to empower creative and innovative young people who have demonstrated potential to use STEM to translate an idea to product. The Office of the President, MoE, CEMASTEA, and ICL-Africa are the main drivers of this program that seeks to build the youths capacity, provide space and organise exhibitions for them to show case their innovations aimed at job creation and poverty alleviation.
This program, if well implemented, has the potential to exploit the huge reservoir of youth potential constructively. It will provide opportunities for the youth currently out of school and those graduating from formal education (high school or college) to continue developing skills that can reduce their vulnerabilities. We define out—of –school youth as anyone between ages 12 to 34 years who is not formally registered in school or college. In a nutshell, OSYSTEI is a program for both ‘school drop outs’ and ‘school graduates’.
OSYSTEI is envisaged to provide opportunities and services to help the youth acquire ST&I skills and offer occupational skills training to enable them become innovators and job creators. As MUSPPA2STEM we are keen on supporting the innovative students graduating from school find a place they could continue with their projects —OSYSTEI hubs is such a place