• Short Summary

    AT A CEREMONY ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS OF KENYANS, PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) OPENED THE MTONGWE VOCATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING CENTRE NEAR MOMBASA.

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    AT A CEREMONY ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS OF KENYANS, PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) OPENED THE MTONGWE VOCATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING CENTRE NEAR MOMBASA. THE PRESIDENT, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MINISTER OF WORKS NGALA MWENDWA, SPOKE OF HIS PRIDE IN THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE, WHICH HE STARTED IN 1964 WITH THE HELP OF AN ADVISORY TEAM FROM GENEVA'S "ORGANISATION FOR REHABILITATION THROUGH TRAINING".

    THE YOUNG NATIONAL SERVICEMEN MARCHED CARRYING SHOVELS - THE "WEAPONS WHICH GETS FOOD." ALREADY MANY EMPLOYERS HAVE BEGUN RECRUITING BOYS TRAINED AT THE CENTRES AND IT IS HOPED THAT ONCE THIS NEW CENTRE HAS BEEN FULLY STAFFED IT WILL PROVIDE 335 CRAFTSMEN YEARLY TO THE NATION'S ECONOMY.

    AFTER TAKING THE SALUTE AND WATCHING THE MARCH-PAST, PRESIDENT KENYATTA AND THE OFFICIAL PARTY VISITED THE ESTABLISHMENT - INCLUDING THE MOTOR MECHANICS WORKS, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, TURNING AND FITTING WORKSHOPS. DURING THIS VISIT, THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WAS "GREATLY IMPRESSED" BY THE LEVEL OF TRAINING OFFERED AT THE MOMBASA UNIT.

    THE GREEN-UNIFORMED YOUTHS GATHERED AFTERWARDS TO HEAR SPEECHES FROM THE OFFICIALS. FIRST, MINISTER OF LABOUR MWENDWA SPOKE OF HOW MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED SINCE THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE HAD STARTED AND APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS WHO WANTED QUALIFIED TECHNINICIANS TO LOOK TOWARDS THE GRADUATES OF THE CENTRES.

    FINALLY, PRESIDENT KENYATTA HIMSELF ADDRESSED THE MEETING. HE SAID: "WHEN I STARTED THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE, SOME PEOPLE DOUBTED WHETHER IT WOULD SUCCEED. BUT TODAY I AM PROUD AND DELIGHTED TO SEE THAT THE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN HAVE A BRIGHTER FUTURE."
    THE NEW CENTRE WILL BE FULLY TAKEN-OVER BY LOCAL INSTRUCTORS BY 1971.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4R4O3PNSV4TNAOF75IMFPT972
    Media URN:
    VLVA4R4O3PNSV4TNAOF75IMFPT972
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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