Nairobi, 11th March 2020 – Chief Executive Officers and experts from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Authorities from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya to kick start the process geared towards harmonisation of curriculum, qualifications and occupational standards, among the three countries.
The regional meeting is supported by the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) funded by the World Bank and the three participating countries to project, namely, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The broad objectives of the project is to increase access and improve the quality of TVET programs in the selected 16 Regional Flagship TVET Institutes and to support regional integration.
Participants, who include TVET Authorities, representatives of Ministries of Education, National Qualifications Framework Authorities from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, will for the next three days discuss harmonisation of TVET occupational standards and qualifications framework with the ultimate goal of facilitating mutual recognition of qualifications which are critical for the mobility of skilled labour within the East African region.
The meeting is the initial step towards the development of policy and guidelines to facilitate students, graduate, and faculty mobility and industrial partnership and strengthening the capacity of national agencies that are responsible for the approval of occupation standards, model curriculum, and accreditation of TVET programmes.
East African countries have witnessed increased demand for technical and vocational skills as means for technology transfer and upgrading skills for workers. These skills are particularly required in key growth sectors including manufacturing, agro-processing, Power and energy, Transport and Infrastructure, Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Notes to Editors
- The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is the Regional Facilitation Unit for the World Bank-funded East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).
- EASTRIP is funded by the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania and the World Bank to increase access and improve the quality of TVET programs in 16 regional flagship TVET Centres of Excellence and to support regional integration.
- The project supports the development of highly specialized TVET programs at diploma and degree levels for training of technicians and TVET faculty, as well as industry recognized short-term training, targeting regional priority sectors in transport, energy, manufacturing, and ICT.
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