A report published Wednesday by British Council Kenya suggests young people in Kenya are sick and tired of the corruption, inequality and favoritism associated with their homeland.
The body found that forty percent of young Kenyans are willing to leave Kenya in search of better opportunities. The study also found that many Kenyan youth feel corruption, inequality and favoritism are the biggest impediments to youth empowerment.
The report, dubbed Next Generation Kenya, was based on a survey of 4,000 young people aged 15 to 24 from all over the country.
Unemployment is young people’s biggest concern, the survey found. Around 39% of young Kenyans are unemployed, the highest rate in Eastern Africa.
Young people interested in being entrepreneurs said they were mainly hampered by lack of start-up capital.
Young people also felt that many opportunities were not given on merit, but rather favouritism, bribery or sexual favours.
Concerns were also raised about a discriminatory labour market that favours the older generation.
Kenya’s education system was cited as falling short of equipping young people with the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.
And only 38% of Kenyans are highly satisfied with their involvement in politics and decision making, compared to 78% who feel the same way in Tanzania.