Kabete National Polytechnic prepares to host TVET@100 celebrations in July

TVET PS Dr Esther Thaara Muoria welcomed to Kabete Polytechnic by the Principal and management staff. Photo: Obegi Malack

Kabete National Polytechnic is celebrating TVET@100 years on July 29–31, 2024, an event that will mark a century of existence that has seen the revolution of the sector in building skills in Kenya.

To this end, the polytechnic held a media briefing conference whose purpose was to update the public on the planned national celebrations that it will host.

This will be the climax of the now famous TVET Torch relay around the country that has lasted over a month since it was set off by President William Ruto on March 26 at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

The momentous occasion celebrates the incredible progress made over the past century in equipping Kenyans with the skills to succeed.

The countrywide festivities will paint a vibrant picture of TVET’s journey, exploring its rich history, remarkable successes, challenges overcome and valuable lessons learned. It will also identify areas of improvement and unlock exciting new possibilities for TVET’s future.

TVET PS Dr Esther Thaara Muoria, who was the chief guest during the media briefing, urged the media to support TVET by highlighting what is offered.

She said the mission of TVET is to develop future skills and fuel the country’s economic engine in line with the government’s deliberate effort to expand access and equity to training that will ensure every Kenyan has the opportunity to be skilled, regardless of background or location.

The PS urged TVETs to adopt the use of AI and ICT, pointing out that TVETs should start personal initiatives and come up with innovations that will improve how they function.

“Let us hold hands and make a difference not only for youth but the country at large. It is up to the principals to ensure their institutions are on top. You have my entire support,” the PS said, promising to lobby Treasury to give the necessary financial resources to support the institutions.

Agnes Wanjiru Kamiri, chairperson of the Kabete National Polytechnic Governing Council, said the institution will come up with a research and innovation hub which will have museum archives whose purpose is to capture the history of TVETs as they mark the 100 years.

“Those who have something to be stored, they can bring it to Kabete. Any institution is allowed to contribute. Industry players will also train here rather than us going out there,” she said.

The principal Patrick Muchemi said the polytechnic has played a key role in the TVET field, including investment in high quality research.

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With qualified staff in various areas of specialization, he said the institution will launch new machines worth KSh80 million on May 24, 2024 which were donated by well-wishers.

By Obegi Malack

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