Don Bosco Embu teaches poor young people a trade for future employment
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Technical Secondary School (Don Bosco Embu), located in Embu township, northwest of Nairobi, Kenya, teaches young students the trades needed by Kenyan industries. Most of the students at the school come from poor backgrounds and have little chance of getting an education.
Since its inception in January 1986, the school has grown to become a major institution in the region. All of the young men who attend the school are boarders who live on campus full-time. Students have the opportunity to take courses in trades such as carpentry, masonry, auto mechanics, welding, electrical and mechanical engineering, and cabinetmaking. The school will soon offer plumbing courses.
When a student graduates, they walk away with a certification in their skilled trade. This allows students to enter the skilled workforce to put their technical skills to good use in their respective fields.
“Salesian technical and vocational education centers help young people acquire the skills needed for employment,” said Fr Gus Baek, director of Salesian missions, the American development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Technical education helps ensure that young people are able to compete in today’s job market. The objective of Salesian vocational and technical education is to ensure that students can move easily from school to their future employment.
According to the World Bank, more than 7.8 million people in Kenya live in extreme poverty, the majority in rural areas. About 6.6 million people live on less than $1.90 a day in rural areas, while 1.1 million extremely poor people live in urban areas. Overall, the incidence of poverty has declined in recent years, but at a lower rate in urban areas than in rural areas.
Young people living in Kenya’s big cities like Nairobi are at risk of exploitation, forced labor and other abuses. Few attend the later stages of school compared to those living in more rural areas of Kenya. The few schools serving this underprivileged community are beyond the financial means of most families.
Photo courtesy of Don Bosco Embu
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