Gender, Youth, Sports,Culture & Social Services
The Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture & Social Services was one of the ministries whose functions were devolved from the central government mainly to promote welfare services among the People especially the youth and special groups in Nyamira county.. In the pursuit of this goal, the Ministry is guided by among other policy instruments, the National Youth Service Act, Act No.6 of 2007 and the policies developed by and governing each directorate. The Ministry has five Directorates: Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture & Social Services. The Directorate of Youth seeks to recognize and develop a sense of self esteem, potential and aspirations of young women and men in the county, to provide services to the youth in line with national policies; to mobilize the youth in tasks of national reconstruction and to provide opportunities for the youth to develop relevant life skills to enable them to become responsible and self reliant members of the community. It has programmes on youth health; youth employment, training and development; volunteer-ship and work-camps; rural development; youth gender programmes; a county Youth Resource Directory; a youth participation through environmental education and a capacity building programme.
The Directorate of General Services manages the human resources programmes of the ministry; ensures vacant post are filled; ensures competent staff are recruited and retained; process administrative issues; handles disciplinary matters; operates and maintains the human resources records and systems and administers the ministry’s HIV policies and guidelines. It also provides administrative support systems within the ministry; prepares tenders and procures goods and services; manages the information systems and equipment; runs the training programmes; prepares budgets, capital development projects, annual reports, strategic plans and contributions of the ministry to the county and national development plans. Its major programmes include personnel administration, auxiliary services, information technology, financial administration and human resources planning and development.
The Directorate of Sport aims at construction of sports facilities and the appointment of regional sports officers, promoting unity and construction and regional and international cooperation through sports; developing a healthy and disciplined county through sport contribution to county and national development. The secretariat will initiate working agreements on sports between Nyamira County and other counties.
The Directorate will have two divisions :- Gender & youth, culture and sports and social services that will take care of Arts Education & Training, and Arts Promotion and Creative Industry Development, and sports development.
It implements the gender youth, sports and cultural policy and programmes outlined in the county development plan. It aims to identify artistic talent and to do professional development through arts education programmes to ensure marketable career paths in the arts and audio visual media. The secretariat will aim at promoting, showcasing and marketing the arts through support to county arts institutions for visual and performing arts, i.e. the county Theatre of Nyamira County and the County museum and Art Gallery. It will also develop the arts industry through the county culture, sports and Arts Council of which does advocacy and gives support to artists and non governmental arts organizations. In addition, the directorate does research in the arts, maintains a data base of artists, and implements special programmes resulting from bilateral agreements.
The Directorate of heritage and Culture Programmes will have two divisions: the National Museum of Nyamira County and the Heritage and Culture Programmes Division. It seeks to encourage and nurture the culture of the Abagusii in all its cultural backgrounds to take part in nation building activities and show mutual respect and understanding for each other; to establish the process and networks required to develop the counties’ material and spiritual culture and to establish and maintain links beyond the counties jurisdiction contributing towards human culture development and national understanding. It organizes cultural activities; culture exchange activities; workshops and conferences and training programmes, exhibitions and culture and heritage conservation activities.