Joseph Kimani is a very active participant and the essay is very fluent and worth reading.
There is no universal accepted definition of whom a youth is but we can make a conceptual clarification by defining youths as a special group of people with a strong stamina and enthusiasm. Youths have some characteristics that differentiate them from other generations such as radicalism, zealousness, curiosity, syndrome of making it fast in life, smart work, ego and ambition.
Our deepest fear as youths of the nation is not that we are inadequate comparing with the total variable assets of the nation but our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frighten us. We ask ourselves who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually who are we not to be? According to Rev Dr. Martin Luther King; one of the great liabilities of history is that too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.
The world demands the qualities of the youth not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imaginations and a predominance of courage over timidity. It demands youth voices that are crucial to the overall effectiveness of service learning programs and the youths who have a tremendous impact on program participation and program outcomes both short term and long term.
Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfill and a destiny to reach and Kenya and China are not exceptional. Both countries are collaborating together and should engage their youths so as to ensure they achieve their short term and long term goals for instance how Kenya can use its youth to be transformed into an industrial, middle income country so as to provide a high quality of life to all citizens.
The vision of a nation lies in the hands of the youths. They are filled with tremendous and towering ambitions. It will be a great wastage of human resources if these youths are not given an opportunity to exercise their talents. These beautiful nations need their youths in order to become brighter. There are many avenues youths are involved and can be involved in nation building;
Education is one of them. The primary role of a young people is to get a good education in order to become better citizens of tomorrow. The governments of both nations have provided and should increase scholarships where Kenyan and Chinese youths can learn not only the courses but also the culture. This will maintain a healthy relationship between the two nations because investing in cultural programs foster mutual respect. Kenyan student sees bright future in learning Chinese language. Like so many other aspects of Kenyan life, China has become increasing influential. The Chinese government has been pilling remni-bi into the construction of a Confucius Institute inside the walls of Nairobi University, Kenya’s most prestigious school of higher learning, dolling out scholarships and travel allowances to students with even a passing curiosity about china holding cultural festivals and funding the first Kenyan to seek a doctorate in mandarin. On 29th Nov 2017 the Confucius institute at the University of Nairobi drove to the university (USIU) and organized a Chinese cultural experience. On Oct 21st 2017 educators’ delegation of Confucius institute at the University of Nairobi went back to Kenya after 10 day visit to china. The delegation included educators from the University of Nairobi, Chinese language learners from immigration and KRA.
The government of the both nations should also provide community projects to be undertaken jointly by Kenyan and Chinese youths more heavily where they can learn from each other on technical skills and other life skills like positive attitude towards works and cooperation, disaster management.
The government should bring closer youth and empower fund so that they will have an easier access to them. This will help in empowering the youths thus advantageous in transfer of skills and work ethics, reducing in crime rate since when someone has a skill to trade he misses the chances of engaging in anti-social behaviors’, it will also lead to self-employment and rapid industrialization, it facilitates the process of nation building and development, the youths can save money to cater for urgent needs and family matters and it will also enable one to consider vital tenets and societal values and committing oneself to worthwhile values.
The government finally should facilitate marketing of products and services of youth owned enterprises In both the domestic and the international markets, it should support youth oriented micro, small and medium enterprises to develop linkages with large enterprises this is by providing loans for lending to youth owned enterprises and also the governments can provide funds and business development services to youth owned or youth focused enterprise and facilitate the employment of youth in international labor market.
We cannot be proud for the growing of the Kenyan economy without mentioning beautiful term “china.” This beautiful nation called china has played major positive roles towards contribution of the Kenyan economy for example;
The government of china construct Thika superhighway that closely resembles those in developed countries which is an indicator that china is doing great things to transform this nation. The highway has saved time in travelling not just for those living in Thika but further in Garrisa ,Embu, Nyeri and further north. Investors and entrepreneurs include industrialist benefit by relocating along Thika superhighway having easier access to the markets.
Furthermore building of the highway created a lot of jobs for the construction workers and created a lot of demands for goods and services.
The china Exim bank has funded 90% for the construction of standard gauge railway which is fast and efficient and reliable mode of transportation that helps to decongest the port of Mombasa by ensuring goods that arrive at the port are moved to the hinterlands, has also reduced the cost of transporting cargo from Mombasa to the hinterlands. According to the Kenyan railways corporation it cost about Ksh 50,0000 to transport a container through the SGR trains compared to ksh 90,000 by road from Mombasa to Nairobi. The facility also enables passengers to enjoy a faster and cheaper journey compared to 8hours bus trips between Nairobi and Mombasa. The railway has reduced the number of heavy trucks on the road reducing the number of accidents. Furthermore the SGR has speed up industrialization through cheaper transport and the establishment of new industries to service the new railway and finally the new railway protect the environment through reduced carbon emission.
The china government has also given loan to finance the construction of Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital project where the student can be able to carry out research and can get attachments and internships from the hospital.
In 2013 his Excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta visited china and held talks with his counterpart Chinese president Xi Jinping and signed a deal worth 5billion us dollar that benefit the country. Also in 2014 the premier of china, Li Keqiang visited Nairobi on his Africa tour. He and President Kenyatta witnessed the signing of 17 multibillion deals fund multiple infrastructural projects and various agreements. This included the establishment of a china- African development.
Kenya Chinese firms partner to launch faster, cheaper internet. Nairobi-Kenya’s telecommunication firm Jamii telecom has partnered with Chinese firm ZTE to introduce the country’s fastest and cheapest mobile which help to spread the benefits of internet to more people. Christened faiba 4G mobile network service operate under prefix 0747 and provide the first voice over LTE .
Faiba 4G mobile offers free voice calls and have done a high definition voice and video after 50 million dollars were invested in its network infrastructure and commercial trials were successfully.
Jamii telecom becomes Kenya’s 5th mobile telephone services operator, which help in increasing competition thus lowering the cost of mobile telephone and data services in East Africa’s largest economy. Clients across the country have been served with faiba network and mobile services to enable many Kenyans to access cheaper and faster internet.
There is consistent increase in demand for home internets where homes that cannot be reached through faiba optic cable there have a mobile channel they can use.
The use of internet has helped the students in the process of research. Internet helps students in their studies and makes research speedy, basic and simple, however the more importantly it makes it quite appealing. Students prefer internet more for the reason it provides accurate information to them in a way that is more engrossing and effective. Furthermore the students find an assignment writing company that guides them in order to solve their educational matters and concerns.
The use of internet increase socializing for students. The individuals can contact companions whenever day or night and associate as a group with the help of different social networking platforms, for example Facebook and twitter. However they make it simple to share links, perspectives, sentiments and recently discovered patterns, music, and movies and so on.
Kenya we do not want only to be parasite to china but also a host. We would like china to adopt our M-pesa services which has benefited economic development and financial inclusion policies across Africa. These will allow financial services to be extended to unbanked people at a significantly lower cost because physical infrastructure is not needed.M-pesa services offer a secure place to save as funds are stored virtually and both the mobile money facility and the mobile phone is password protected. Savings are used during hard times or for productive investments like establishing or expanding small businesses. M-pesa enables quicker, cheaper and more liable money transfers over greater distances. Mobile money has been transformational in Kenya and has the potential to similarly to benefit china.
Kenya is a peaceful and nice countries to be which politically stable .we is are blessed with wild animals for example the big five; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. We are also blessed with mountains like mt Kenya the second largest mountain in Africa and among the largest mountains in the world, oceans and lakes that are good sceneries for tourist and we request the china community to make Kenya a wonderful place to be and be our major tourists which will create a good relationship between the two nations as culture will be exchanged and intermarriages among the youths.
According to the scripture proverb 29:12;”where there is no vision the people perish. “we as the youths of Kenya and the rest of Africa we have our vision of making Africa a better continent to be. We take responsibilities towards our vision that will enable us to achieve our objectives. The responsibilities that we are undertakings include; training and socializing in order to learn different skills, being patriotic and loyal to our governments for their well-being, contributing to the social economic development at all levels ,creating and promoting respect for humanity ,sustaining peaceful coexistence, national unity and stability, taking step to protect our environment ,taking advantages of available education and training opportunities, engage in supporting and protecting the disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society
,develop positive attitude towards work and avoid careless sexual practices. The governments have also played a vital role of empowering youths so that we achieve our vision through initiating, strengthen and streamline all programs and services targeting us, promoting social and economic empowerment of us, and building capacity and provide relevant training and information to the stakeholders, promoting growth in the development of the youth through actions that protect, empower and prepare them for adulthood, providing psycho-social support and other services to youth in conflict situations, difficult circumstances and to the disadvantaged groups, increasing youth involvement in decision making, leadership ,community based and other development programs and mobilizing resources for youth programs and projects at all levels.
The economy of china keeps on growing and they have come up with one belt, one road initiative which will have positive impacts towards positive stimuli. The one belt, one road initiative will be a coup and also establish a new route for commerce with Europe, the Stans and the Middle East that can circumvent any naval blockade.it will blossom the market of Chinese goods. The initiative will boost the economies of the participant and bring them into a vast commerce network. China will access the whole world market by bringing in raw materials and exporting finished goods to other countries so that its millions of work force can be given employment and pocketing huge profits. China will be able to give loans to other nations to build vast infrastructure and receive back loans with the interests which can be used for development. China will also be able to occupy a certain percentage in African land and mingle socially and create hybrid population.In life and work success begins with a goal which is a necessary component to set up for a greater future. A community with a shared future of china and Africa will bring opportunities, globalization, and exchange of culture, creativity and innovations to the nations co joined together.
The interaction between the Chinese and Kenyan student (KEENISTA) on bases of exchanges of culture and deep understanding of each other’s country. The Kenyan students were moved by people’s way of life, how Chinese people turn ideas into real opportunities and work on them to improve their lives and other people connected to them. Chinese students were moved by how Kenyan student pay attention to what they put on different occasions.
African countries can adopt Chinese way of eradicating poverty through shared future of china and Africa for example president Xi Jinping said south Africa and Africa needed to look at the Chinese example of how they lifted 700million people out poverty.
In my conclusion as African youths we request the Chinese government to help African countries to overcome challenges:
The challenges being experienced in our health sector such inadequate machines personnel’s skills ,in treatment of lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes , high blood pressure and Hiv &Aids where most of the infected patients uses a lot of money to move abroad to seek treatment. We request the Chinese government to offer donations of machinery for instance chemotherapy machines, educating our doctors and offering internship on research centers to our medicine students.
The Chinese government should invest on use of technology on Africa such improve the use of computers in our learning institutions from just basic computer use to an advanced level of computer use. To reduce congestion and give more opportunities of students in higher learning institution we request the china government to enhance digital learning in most African universities.
We request the Chinese government to invest in arts such as martial arts to African youths which will help in reducing; diseases, cases of rape and promoting discipline.
China being among the most powerful nation with stronger security forces in the world will request for the support in training a security so that we are free from terrorism such al- shabaab.
I am Kimani Joseph a fourth year student In Kenyatta university, a jovial student always who carry out research on current trends.
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