Ministry of education in partnership with UNESCO has launched an environmental technology programme to be implemented through technical and vocational training institutes.
The sh. 1.5 billion five year programme to be financed by UNESCO under Better Education for Africa’s Rise ]BEAR] is aimed at reshaping Technical and Vocational Training Institutes (TVET’s) systems to make its graduates more relevant to labour markets trends as well as facilitating individual’ desire to improve their lives.
Presiding over the launching ceremony at a Nairobi hotel, the Principal Secretary state department for vocational and technical training Dr Kevit Desai said the project will help to update TVET curriculum, enhance the capacities of trainers and TVET institutions, boost infrastructure and engage employers and enterprises in helping TVET to focus on specific sectors carefully chosen for their potential job creation.
The project will address industry and the labour market challenges and develop capacities of TVET trainers and institution managers as well attract young people to TVET training institutions, Dr. Desai said.
The BEAR project will mainly work on environmental technologies sector with both government and private actors joining to improve environment and in return help TVET develop skills on environmental management issues.
The PS who also is heading the project steering committee has already brought on board private actors involved in environmental conservation across the country especially experts undertaking plastic paper waste recycling in the country.
He advised young people to work out on innovations and creativity for self-employment, noting that their viable ideas will be implemented.
If the BEAR programme is adopted, it will promote Kenya into a hub of Environmental technology in the region said Dr. Desai
A UNESCO senior education coordinator Reeluck Bhuwanee, while addressing the forum disclosed that UNESCO is funding the five year project at 1.5 million US dollars.
UNESCO, with the support of the Republic of Korea has since 2011 been implementing the BEAR project in five countries of the Southern African Development Community [SADC] that is Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia.
Source: Kenya News Agency