NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Uhuru Kenyatta (in white shirt) Deputy President William Ruto (in red shirt) Cabinet Secretary Najib  Balala, (right, partly hidden), Mr.Yao Ming, Mr. Su Tianshu and KCP Principal  Mary Muthoka ( left)View a demonstration of the Mechatronics equipment donated by Chinese Government.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (in white shirt) Deputy President William Ruto (in red shirt) Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, (right, partly hidden), Mr.Yao Ming, Mr. Su Tianshu and KCP Principal Mary Muthoka ( left)View a demonstration of the Mechatronics equipment donated by Chinese Government.

Kenyan Head of state His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, recently received State of the art equipment from China, to help in the training of Technical, Vocational Education (TVET) in the Country.

The project is a culmination of Kenya – China Governments partnership and is set to benefit 134 TVET institutions in 47 Counties.  The President noted that the project will help in the training of more than 1,500 youth and therefore bridge the gap of unemployment, equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge required for development and industrialization.

President Kenyatta who graced the handing over ceremony held at the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (KCP) in Mombasa County, was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Principal Secretary in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, Yao Ming, Chief Representative of Avic International Holding Corporation Kenya Office, Su Tianshu and officials from the Ministry of Education.  He underscored Government’s commitment in upholding education sector by ensuring that public learning Institutions are well equipped. This he noted, will motivate learning, training and research.   
Speaking on his achievement, the president reiterated that his Government has made significant steps in installing electricity in most Schools from Primary to Secondary level. He added that the Schools were well equipped.

Staff of Avic International explain to President Kenyatta how the equipment  works. with the President are; Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, and Principal Secretary Dinah Mwinzi
Staff of Avic International explain to President Kenyatta how the equipment works. with the President are; Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, and Principal Secretary Dinah Mwinzi

President Kenyatta talked about introduction of new curricular effective of next year, adding that the Government will cater for tuition from Primary to Secondary level. In his speech, the Deputy President disclosed that the government has issued substantial money to the Education Loans Board (ELB) therefore students from the Universities and Technical Institutions will easily access such funds.Kenya enjoys mutual relationship with China. In 2010 The Chinese company, Avic International Holding Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya's Ministry of Education.

In phase I of the Kenya-China project, equipment worth $ 30 (Thirty million U.S. dollars) was disbursement to various institutions. Various Technical Vocational Education and Training laboratories were also establishment in the country.
About 15,000 Kenyans were trained in the implementation of phase I of the project. The company helped equip 10 (ten) Vocational and Technical institutions and provided solutions to areas such as curriculum development and instructor training.
In 2013, the company inked the agreement on phase II of the project, which is valued at 158 million U.S. dollars and will equip a total of 134 institutions. About 1,500 teachers and some 150,000 students will be trained on the use of the equipment. The training is scheduled to end in 2020.

New CAPA Chair, Prof. Asuro (3rd from right), being congratulated by Dr Mwinzi, flanked from left by Dr. Kafere, Dr. Akwilapo, Mr Kakooza and Dr. Rutayuga (far right).
New CAPA Chair, Prof. Asuro (3rd from right), being congratulated by Dr Mwinzi, flanked from left by Dr. Kafere, Dr. Akwilapo, Mr Kakooza and Dr. Rutayuga (far right).

Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Ministry of Education, Kenya, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, has challenged African countries to invest in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), saying it forms the basis of industrialisation and economic development.

Dr. Mwinzi who was the Chief Guest at the investiture and Inaugural meeting of the new Executive Board of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) held at a Nairobi hotel, emphasised that the continent has the talents in tertiary institutions and therefore should strive to produce skilled graduates who will change the continent technologically. In order to compete globally, she added that Governments and stakeholders should form strong partnerships, think innovatively and embrace technology.
The PS applauded CAPA for its commitment in fostering technical education and training among its member countries. She urged the Association to also invest in research in order to solve Africa’s perennial problems such as food shortage.
“CAPA has demonstrated her commitment to promoting TVET education in the continent. I urge all of you to think positively about it and embrace it at all cost,” she said, adding that young people should learn to appreciate technical education and not view it as a substitute.
She challenged stakeholders to lobby parliament to enact laws and Governments to establish policy and legal frameworks that will support TVET. She further advised the CAPA stakeholders on the importance of creating more awareness of the activities of the association. “You need to make TVET visible by branding and marketing it, using media and any available form of communication,” she said.

Newly inaugurated CAPA Board members in a group with Chief Guest, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, PS State Dept of Vocational and Technical Training, Kenya (sitting centre) and Special Guests - Mr. Alex Kakooza, PS Education and Sports, Uganda (4th left) and Dr. Leonard Akwilapo, PS Education, Science & Tech, Tanzania (4th right)  )
Newly inaugurated CAPA Board members in a group with Chief Guest, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, PS State Dept of Vocational and Technical Training, Kenya (sitting centre) and Special Guests - Mr. Alex Kakooza, PS Education and Sports, Uganda (4th left) and Dr. Leonard Akwilapo, PS Education, Science & Tech, Tanzania (4th right)

Other special guests in attendance included Dr. Leonard D. Akwilapo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Tanzania, Mr. Alex Kakooza, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda, Dr. Godfrey Kafere, Director, Technical and Vocational Training, Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Malawi, Dr. Adolf B. Rutayuga, Executive Secretary, National Council for Technical Education, Tanzania, Mr. Barry Masoga, Executive Director, Education-Industry Exchange, South Africa among others.
Mr. Kakooza noted that Africa needs to strengthen TVET and adapt proven models of training from other established economies like Germany, to suit their own needs. He emphasised that the continent should aim at producing goods and services and not depend on importing all forms of machineries and equipment from foreign countries.
His views were echoed by his counterpart from Tanzania, Dr. Akwilapo, who said that TVET goes beyond education and therefore Africa needs a robust and strong TVET programmes that would lead to skills development and creation of decent jobs. He said, “CAPA should continue to complement efforts by our governments in supporting and developing skills for our citizens. We will continue to commit ourselves towards supporting CAPA in the execution of her mandate.”
In his remarks at the occasion, Dr. Godfrey Kafere informed the audience of the laudable advances made in the development and implementation of Competency-based Education and Training in Malawi and the on-going efforts at establishing a national qualifications framework. While congratulating the new CAPA Executive, he pledged continuous support to CAPA towards the achievement of the association’s goals.