The County Government of Uasin Gishu has flagged off 51 students for a study-work program in the Finish city of Tampere.
The program is a two-bird one stone project that seeks to raise qualified health personnel for international labour market while at the same time addressing youth unemployment.
The group comprises 25 youth who will study Degree in Nursing and 26 for Diploma at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
The program, a brainchild of Governor Jackson Mandago, is as a result of an agreement reached between his administration and the Finish government.
Speaking during the flagging off on Monday, Governor Mandago said: “Remember you are the pioneers this program therefore, make it count as future partnerships will largely depend on this one.”
“Go there and be our ambassadors so first make it your first assigment to understand the laws, general ways of life of the people in your new home.”
Mandago, however, advised the youth to put studies as first priority, underlining that it is the primary reason. “Work hard and do very well. Sacrifice and prove that you actually deserved this chance, this by ensuring that classwork comes first.”
Deputy Governor, Daniel Chemno, said Finland, like any other country, has a peculiar way of life, that laws may not be as those for Kenya.
“Their laws may not be as those back here in Kenya, work to know their do’s and don’t so you may live harmoniously there.”
Chemno also emphasized on time management and integrity as key even as the youth leave to for Finland on September 10.
Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat. “Invest back at home. Take care of your parents by establishing them some economic ventures.”
County Executive for Devolution, Barnabas Tarus, said the progam is a huge investment for Uasin Gishu, saying the outcome will be transformation will be realized in the next few years.
Trade Executive, Dr Emily Kogos: “Be committed and keep in mind why you went there. Try and ensure your family relish a better life, above all, be hardworking, panctual and do the right thing, always.”
Politician Jonathan Bii said: “Kenya has a big challenge of unemployment and I am glad that Governor Mandago has thought it wise to intermary studying and working as opportunities beyond our borders.”
Isaack Barno is an elated parent. “It is a God send program. My son will be working and learning, so this will means we shall have very little financial worries in regards to his stay there.”
“I thank Governor Mandago, may God keep him. Such a program has never been heard before,” wraps the parent as he smiles off the camera frame.