The Kenyan education system needs to “shift” so that young people are equipped with the skills necessary to work in the informal sector, the head of Mesh, an organisation that’s helping young people doing informal jobs in Kenya, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa podcast.
Anuj Tanna described these informal jobs as the likes of motorcycle delivery drivers, small kiosk operators and micro-entrepreneurs selling goods on Instagram.
“One million young people in Kenya alone are entering the job market every single year. Less than 70,000 jobs are created,” he added, pointing out that many of the opportunities are in the informal sector.
Once these young people are equipped with the right skills, they have “massive potential” Mr Tanna said, pointing out that they would save more money and hire more people.