1st Meeting of the Technical Committee on TVET convened in Nairobi
East African Community Secretariat; Nairobi, Kenya; 11 May 2017:
The EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has organized the 1st meeting of the Technical Committee (TECHCOM) on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
The EAC developed a specific harmonization strategy for TVET which covers a wide range of issues geared towards harmonizing the EAC Partner States education systems and curricula.
The 11th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Sports, directed the EAC Secretariat to establish a dedicated Technical Committee for TVET (TVET TECHCOM) with specific Terms of Reference to spearhead the harmonization of TVET within the EAC.
In attendance at the opening session of the meeting were the Minister of Education from the Republic of Uganda,; Hon. Dr. John Munying’o, the Principal Secretary (P.S) in charge of Vocational and Technical Training; Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, Bomet County (Kenya) Member of Parliament and a member of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on TVET; Hon. Dr. Cecilia Ngetich, Minister of General Education and Instruction from the Republic of South Sudan; Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai and the Minister of Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education, Sports, Tourism, Socio-Cultural Affairs and Citizenship from the Democratic Republic of Congo invited as an observer; Hon. Muganza Wakandwa.
In her remarks, the Swiss Embassy representative, Ms. Caroline Tissot, said that the TVET harmonization initiative would contribute to deepening EAC’s cooperation in the key areas of education and skills, for the youth.
“Youth unemployment is a major challenge hence vocational training can contribute to equipping the youth with skills, facilitating their integration in the labour market or their ability to create their own activity,” said Ms. Tissot.
South Sudan’s Minister for General Education and Instruction, Mr. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, said that the challenges facing East Africa in promoting TVET were many but not insurmountable, adding that they could be overcome through cooperation among the Partner States.
In his remarks, EAC Principal Culture and Sports Officer, Mr. Bernard Bakaye, who represented the Secretary General noted that, currently, Partner States run different curriculum development systems for the centralized and decentralized components of their TVET systems.
“It was in light of the above regards that the Council of Ministers found it necessary to establish an East African TVET Experts Forum: The EAC Technical Committee (EAC-TECHCOM) that is expected to meet periodically to pursue harmonization of TVET in the region,” said Mr. Bakaye.
“Our collective mission as East Africans remains to work towards a skilled, productive and integrated East Africa whose overriding agenda is to improve the living conditions of our people, people moving and interacting freely across borders in fulfillment of their dreams and ambitions,” he added.
The purpose of the 1st meeting of the TVET TECHOM is to provide a platform for regional experts, policy makers and selected key stakeholders working in the TVET sector including Development Partners from GIZ, UNESCO as well as the Private Sector to share information about the opportunities, challenges, lessons learnt and record good practices on harnessing TVET to promote citizens’ mobility within and among member countries through the facilitation of a national and regional harmonization and mutual recognition of TVET.
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