TVET experts meet to advance technical education in East Africa

TVET experts meet to advance technical education in East Africa

By Godwin Bonge Muhwezi 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Experts met in Arusha, Tanzania for a two-day Technical Advisory Meeting meeting to discuss the implementation status of  the East African Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) and challenges facing TVET institutions in the region. 

The meeting was convened by the EASTRIP Regional Facilitation Unit at Inter University East African Skills for East Africa (IUCEA), and hosted the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Arusha Technical College. The meeting took place at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has made learning among Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, which are practical-based, quite challenging. 

Participants at the TAM meeting held Arusha, Tanzania.

The TAM held virtually in July 2020, noted that the Regional TVET Flagship Institutes (RFTIs) were facing challenges in delivering TVET courses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting recommended establishment of e-learning platforms among RFTIs to encourage remote learning in an effort to meet guidelines and standard operating procedures issued by Public Health Authorities.

The result of independent verification carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) indicated that except that RFTIs were facing challenges to meet some of the project’s Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). 

The TAM took stock of the project’s performance by identifying strengths and weaknesses and providing solutions to the challenges.

The Regional Steering Committee (RSC), the project’s policy-making organ, evaluated the performance of the project and gave policy guidance on challenges identified to ensure successful implementation of the project. 

The EASTRIP Project is funded by the World Bank and Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania to increase to increase access and improve the quality of TVET programs in East Africwith focus on 16 regional flagship TVET Institutes and to support regional integration. 

The Writer is a Project Communication Officer for EASTRIP at Inter-University Council for East Africa.  

 

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