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.

President Kenyatta being taken through factsheets on the joint Project by the Governments of Kenya and China, by Principal Secretary in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Dr. Dinah Mwinzi.
President Kenyatta being taken through factsheets on the joint Project by the Governments of Kenya and China, by Principal Secretary in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Dr. Dinah Mwinzi.

The first batch of equipment on phase II of the Kenya-China project, for boosting Technical and Vocational Education in East African region, has arrived in the country.
According to Mr. Su, the equipment has been dispatched to 20 Technical Training Institutions. It will be installed in conventional mechanical, automotive, maintenance and welding workshops. The remaining equipment will be handed over to the Kenyan institutions by the end of 2018.
Story by Lee Juma and Rita Mwabonje - Kenya coast poly