The government of Kenya has partnered with China to boost technical and vocational education and training (TVET) all over the country by supplying cutting-edge equipment and resources.
According to TVET PS Esther Muoria, the collaboration has already resulted in 154 TVET institutions receiving modern training equipment.
To keep the momentum going, a commercial arrangement is in the works with AVIC International, an affiliate of China’s Aviation Industry Corporation.
The third phase of equipment will be brought in, facilitating real-time training for students.
The statements were made at the Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi, during the opening ceremony for the eighth season of the African Tech Challenge (ATC).
The ATC, a yearly event running until August 25, welcomes contestants from nine countries, including Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Muoria emphasized that Kenya is dedicated to accelerating youth training in skill development, placing significance not just on certificates but on practical capabilities.
The state department is making an effort to improve TVET by updating the curriculum, recertifying teachers, and introducing dual enrollment.
“We want to get our country to the next level of development and empowering our youth at the TVET level speaks to our agenda of skilling,” Muoria said.
The PS urged students to embrace this challenge with an open mind, anticipating imaginative and tech-driven breakthroughs that can reshape industries, improve lives, and contribute to a sustainable future.
TUK vice chancellor Paul Shiundu stated that the event not only allows students to showcase their skills but also promotes regional and international recognition for Kenyan institutions.
“The primary aim of this challenge is to ensure that the immense benefits of technology can be made to endure and thus provide a solid base for development that is sustainable,” he said.
Winners of the training and competition will get full tuition scholarships to prestigious Chinese institutions, paid internships, and other rewards.