GEGEC Vocational Training for a Green Economy Workshop

15.09.17 AHK Kenia - News-Hauptkategorie, News

On Wednesday the 13th of September 2017, about 100 representatives from private sector, associations, government and stakeholders from the vocational training sector converged at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Nairobi for a workshop on Vocational Training in the Field of Green Economy. The workshop was the second event of 2017’s German Embassy Green Economic Cycle (GEGEC), a series of events by the German Embassy Nairobi in cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK).  The event focussed specifically on the inclusion of future technologies and sustainability practices in vocational training curricula and programs. The TVET Sustainability expert Mrs. Barbara Hemkes of the German Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BiBB) travelled to Kenya for the seminar

The overall aim of the workshop was to create awareness and showcase ways in which TVET can be made relevant for the future in the framework of the latest TVET reforms. Michael Derus, Deputy Ambassador and Head of Economic Affairs of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi welcomed the delegates and stated: “The unique German dual vocational training system which foresees at least half of the training content and time to be served in companies is a success story. We are therefore looking forward to sharing our experience and cooperating with our Kenyan partners.” Hon. PS TVET Dr. Dinah Mwinzi addressed the participants in a key note. She introduced the TVET reforms her Ministry has been pursuing since 2012 and ensured the continuous effort of the Kenyan Government towards a thriving TVET sector.

The main issues that were raised during the workshop included the sustainability of TVET in Kenya and the need for Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) in TVET institutions. One major point of discussion was the need to modernize the TVET curriculum. An in-depth insight into the process of modernizing the curriculum was given by a representative from the Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC). CBET was identified as a major step into modernizing the TVET curriculum. An emphasis was put on the need to involve the sector players in the development of the curriculum, a step that has already been put in place by LIWA (Linking Industry With Academia) through the Sector Skills Advisory Committee (SSAC). Ms. Hemke from Germany’s BiBB stressed that “Sustainability should be seen as a cross-cutting element in TVET” which can be applied in curricula of all professions. Examples included sustainable building technologies (e.g. passive energy houses) for the building sector as well as sustainable nutrition practices in system gastronomy.

The main outcome of the workshop was the formation of partnerships between the various stakeholders with the aim of creating an inclusive CBET curriculum for TVET institutions and the implementation of the CBET curriculum in the various training institutions. Private Sector was informed and sensitized how to be involved in the development and implementation of the CBET curricula. The need for continuous teacher education was stressed both by representatives from the teachers’ college as well as from private sector. In a final panel discussion various TVET experts shared their main take away of the day as well as their dreams for the sector, which included an increased productivity of the private sector in Kenya through reformed TVET, effective inclusion of the private sector in the development of standards and curricula through the Sector Skill Councils as well as joining forces in a globalised world towards quality education.

The GEGEC: Vocational training for a Green Economy is an initiative by the German Embassy, organised by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Linking industry with Academia (LIWA).