The General Secretary of Africa Alliance of YMCAs Mr Carlos Sanvee, amongst other dignitaries, addressed a plenary session on ‘’Making TVET relevant to the youth, with focus on financing options for TVET’’. Mr Sanvee recommended that some key policy matters be addressed to ensure youth – friendly TVET environments.
Further recommendations included that for the sustainability of training programmes by county governments, efforts in creating deliberate funding to run TVET programs needs to be increased. These programs should be run on a more consistent basis to heighten awareness to the youth on the TVET opportunities, government Higher Education Loans (HELB) and eligibility of both TVET institutions and the youth themselves. ‘’Youth are motivated to join TVETs if they understand the underlying opportunities that follow the training; we need to also demystify the mediocre and erratic perspective of both the society at large and that of youth on TVET education” said Mr Sanvee. He further espoused education models improvement to incorporate the dynamic personalities of youth to retain and further build youth interest in TVET training. Mr Sanvee underlined the following: “Create and expose to youth innovative curriculum taking into consideration the upgrading technology, for instance in ten years from now, human labour will be replaced by robotic programming and machines.”
More than 50 TVET institutions showcased their courses and programmes with the successful marketing endeavours resulting in the enlistment of new students to their institutions. Kenya YMCA was not left behind. The aims of the skills expo show similarities to recently-held ‘’CareerManenoz’’ expo of AAYMCA of which the purpose is to expose youth to the TVET pathway of education and employability.
The Kenya Cabinet Secretary of Education, Dr.Matiangi last year had made stringent measures against cheating in exams and categorically sealed off all loopholes leading to unscrupulous practices by the Kenya national examination council (KNEC) and heads of learning institutions. The aftermath of this reflected in the 2016 Primary and High School exam results where up to 80% of students did not attain grades to enable them to join university or mainstream tertiary institutions.
This development has created a new wave of masses of primary and high school graduates opting for the TVET pathway. In the wake of the influx of interested youth in TVET , the perception that TVET is a lesser consideration or for failures is a notion to be demystified with concerted efforts.
Kenya YMCA TVET institutions were represented by the Kenya YMCA College of Agriculture Limuru that showcased an agribusiness model. The AAYMCA organised a workshop on organic farming courtesy of Sylvia’s Basket- an organic farming business based in Kenya. The Kenya YMCA National Training Institute was a crowd-puller of youth and the public on an experiential journey showcasing mechanical engineering, graphic arts, pastry, hairdressing and beauty. It was exciting to see youth get their hands “dirty” exploring the different trades.
Many new youth showed interest in joining the many Kenya YMCA TVET colleges’ countrywide offering courses ranging from ICT, agricultural technology, veterinary services, mechatronics, building construction, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, hospitality, tailoring & dressmaking to hairdressing and beauty.
Source: Osborne Wanyama