Workshop on Elaborating TVET cooperation potentials between Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) and German academic institutions

29.08.17 Activities Energy Desk, Activities

Kenyan Representatives discuss collaboration potential with ISOE (Institute for Social Ecological Studies, Frankfurt/ Main) and FiW (Research Institute for Water and Wastewater Economics at RWTH Aachen)

On Tuesday, August 22nd, Kenyan water stakeholders gathered at the premises of Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) to discuss a potential cooperation between KEWI and two German Partners by identifying fields of partnership. A wide array of representatives of institutions from the educational and water sectors participated in the vivid exchange.

The aim of the workshop was to elaborate on TVET cooperation potentials to extend existing solutions on wastewater management and activities to re-use water in dry and water scarce areas of Kenya. This included the definition of long-term, attainable and politically desired strategies in regards to water resource preservation and thus the dissemination of technologies to adapt to climate change.

During the full-day workshop, emphasis was put on interlacing educational practices with industry expertise. It was lined out that despite the current attachment programs and other mechanisms already in place, the needs of the industry still havet to play a stronger role in the curriculum development. This requires action from both the public sector and private companies that are in need of well trained future employees. The German partner institutions are able to contribute through their vast experiences in this field.

The main outcome of this workshop was a joint assessment of potential fields of cooperation between the German and Kenyan institutions. As a next step, more concrete proposals will be elaborated and the framework for the cooperation will be developed. This eventual framework would also include a partner for financing this cooperation.

The workshop was facilitated by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi and implemented by the Delegation of German Industry in Nairobi (AHK Kenya). AHK Kenya is the official representation of the German private sector in East Africa. It aims on building ever stronger ties in between the German and East African Business Communities and fosters trade relations. AHK Kenya has identified the adaption of TVET practices in Kenya as a priority topic serving for the mutual benefit of the business relations, societies ultimatively adressing key problems such as youth unemployment. AHK Keny together with multifold public and private partners follows a long term approach to improving TVET in Kenya.

 Represented organizations at the Workshop:



Curriculum Development Assessment and Certificate Council (CCDAC)

Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Water Sector Reforms Programme

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kenya

Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE)

Kajiado County Government, Department of Water and Irrigation

Kenya Water Industry Association (KWIA)

Kenya Water Institute (KEWI)

Kridha Ltd.

Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kenya

Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company Ltd.

National Industrial Training Authority (NITA)

Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research for East Africa of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme (SACDEP-Kenya)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA)

The Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen (FiW)

Training & Development Centers of the Bavarian Employers' Associations (bfz)/ Strengthening Water Associations Partnership (SWAP)

Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF)

Water Services Providers Association (WASPA)

Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB)