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.

Similarly, Dr. Rutayuga, the Executive Secretary of Tanzania’s National Council Technical Education assured the CAPA Executive that NACTE would create greater awareness for institutions under its remit to join the Association and he called upon other African countries to join hands together to support the NEW
CAPA Executive Board to realise the objective of promoting technical and vocational education and training (TVET), technology transfer and skills development in Africa for improved livelihood of all Africans. Another special guest at the occasion, Mr. Barry Masoga observed that Africa has the talents to bring about a rapid industrialisation and economic development in the continent; but emphasised the importance of partnerships and collaboration among the institutions and stakeholders in order to achieve the goal.

Mr. Barry Masoga, Executive Director, Education-Industry Exchange, South Africa, addressing participants during the event.
Mr. Barry Masoga, Executive Director, Education-Industry Exchange, South Africa, addressing participants during the event.

The new Board headed by Chairman Prof. Abdulai Salifu Asuro, the Vice Chancellor of Tamale Technical University, Ghana, was elected in April this year during the association’s international conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. In his acceptance speech, Prof. Asuro praised the foresight of the Commonwealth Education Ministers in initiating the establishment of CAPA forty years ago and observed that the mandate and roles of the association had become even more imperative at the present state of development in the member countries. He appealed to the governments of member countries to render much-needed strategic assistance to the association, especially in restoring the rotational secondment of professional staff to the CAPA Secretariat, as was the case over two decades ago.
Earlier in his welcome address, the CAPA Secretary General, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, expressed appreciation to the Chief Guest and all the Special Guests for their presence, which he described as not only a demonstration of their support to CAPA, but also a veritable inspiration to the entire CAPA organisation. He informed the audience that the inaugural meeting of the CAPA Board would focus on some priority project initiatives and activities to herald the achievements of CAPA at its 40th Anniversary taking place next year; and would also deliberate on a road map for the future of the organisation.

CAPA Executive Board Members