Participants at the recently concluded Nigeria’s 7TH WITED National Conference and Exhibitions
Participants at the recently concluded Nigeria’s 7TH WITED National Conference and Exhibitions

In 1988, CAPA established the Women in TVET and Development (WITED) project in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation. The overall goal of the project was to increase the number of women enrolled in engineering and TVET programmes and promotetheir employment in the labour market. WITED chapters were formed in a number of CAPA member institutions. Over the years, the Nigerian chapters have been particularly active.

The 7TH WITED National Conference and Exhibitions, Nigeria was held in the 1,000 capacity auditorium of Federal Polytechnic Nekede,Owerri from 14th to 16th March, 2018. The theme of the conference was“Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Women Employment and Sustainable Development: The New Paradigm.”

South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya Koleka Anita Mqulwana, receives a gift presented to her by CAPA delegation. On her right is The Principal Makere University Business School Prof. Waswa Balunywa and CAPA Secretary General Dr. Olubunmi Owoso and CAPA Programmes Manager Mr. Kioko Muoka. On her left is TUK Director of TVET Mr. C.T.A. Owuor and The Kabete National Polytechnic Principal Mr. Charles Akach
South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya Koleka Anita Mqulwana, receives a gift presented to her by CAPA delegation. On her right is The Principal Makere University Business School Prof. Waswa Balunywa and CAPA Secretary General Dr. Olubunmi Owoso and CAPA Programmes Manager Mr. Kioko Muoka. On her left is TUK Director of TVET Mr. C.T.A. Owuor and The Kabete National Polytechnic Principal Mr. Charles Akach

South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Ambassador Koleka Anita Mqulwana, has hinted at her Government’s commitment to increasing funding and other forms of support to TVET in South Africa, for the training of artisans, technicians and technologists.

The move, she said, will enable the country contribute towards producing a critical mass of skilled human capital that will power industrialisation and job creation.Ambassador Mqulwana said this when she hosted a delegation of the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) who paid her a courtesy call recently.

The delegation was led by Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal of Makerere University Business School, Uganda, who represented the CAPA Chairman. Other members of the delegation were the CAPA Secretary General, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, the Director of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at The Technical University of Kenya (TUK) Mr. C.T. Akumu Owuor, representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Aduol; the Chief Principal of The Kabete National Polytechnic (TKNP), Kenya, Mr. Charles Akach; and CAPA Senior Programmes Manager, Mr. Kioko Muoka.

Prof. Waswa Balunywa, CAPA Executive Board Member Addressing Delegates at South Africa TVETCGC AGM
Prof. Waswa Balunywa, CAPA Executive Board Member Addressing Delegates at South Africa TVETCGC AGM

Buffalo TVET College in Buffalo city, East London, on 9 – 10 of March 2018, hosted a gathering of Governing Councils of over 50 public TVET colleges in South Africa for their annual general meeting (AGM).These colleges cater for the widest range of education and training opportunities at post-school level by offering a wide range of skills training for the world of work.
In his welcome address, the Secretary General of TVETCGC Advocate XolileXuma, acknowledged the presence of CAPA representatives led by Professor Balunywa. He said that TVETCGC was ready to engage with other stakeholders in the continent in promoting TVET skills development to spur economic development in Africa.

StartUpAfrica (SUA) a US based Non-Governmental Organization has entered into partnership with The Kabete National Polytechnic (TKNP) to offer Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship program.  This was arrived at when the Executive Director of StartUpAfrica, Erastus Mong’are visited TKNP in the company of Will Holmes, Senior Advisor at WHC – Will Holmes Consulting.
Will Holmes delivered a public lecture to a group of 400 student from both Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and The Kabete National Polytechnic (TKNP) at the newly refurbished Main Hall of TKNP. “This program entails equipping our students with the relevant entrepreneurial skills that will help them be self-employed as opposed to seeking employment after graduation. Through this partnership, we are going to offer the best support to the students who have business ideas and need mentorship in order to help them realize their dreams of owning a company,” says Mr. Charles Akach, Principal of The Kabete National Polytechnic.

From Left to Right: Prof. Ric Bernard, UMP DVC Academic Affairs; Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal MUBS; Prof. Thoko Mayekiso, UMP Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Phindile L. Olurunju, UMP Director of Research; and Mr. Johannes K. Muoka, CAPA Projects Officer
From Left to Right: Prof. Ric Bernard, UMP DVC Academic Affairs; Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal MUBS; Prof. Thoko Mayekiso, UMP Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Phindile L. Olurunju, UMP Director of Research; and Mr. Johannes K. Muoka, CAPA Projects Officer

Makerere University Business School(MUBS)of Kampala, Uganda and University of Mpumulanga (UMP) inNelspruit, South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the fields of education, research, development, student exchange, transfer of technology and dissemination of knowledge on a long term and at non-commercial basis.
Under the umbrella of Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa(CAPA), the partnership is hoped to enhance the resource base of the two institutions according to the terms and conditions set out in the Memorandum of Understanding.