Kenya is set to host a two-day conference on Partnerships for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) in April, 2024, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has announced.
The conference themed, ‘Leveraging Technical, Vocational and Technical Training (TVET) in the Knowledge and Skills Ecosystem for Africa’s Industrialization’, will draw Ministers of Education from 12 African countries to discuss strategies to strengthen the continent’s capabilities in preparing manpower needed for modern industrial economies.
The announcement was made during a breakfast meeting with PASET’s development partners regarding the event at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Machogu said that Africa faces an acute shortage of manpower in critical areas that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and PASET has the potential to help the continent address the skills and knowledge gaps in the areas.
UNICEF Representative to Kenya, Shaheen Nilofer, said that it was important that skills be nurtured right from the early years of a child’s life.
Also present were the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, his counterpart in University Education and Research, Dr. Beatrice Inyangala, and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Dr. Esther Muoria.
Other development partners who attended the briefing session were the World Bank, USAID, International Labour Organization and UNHCR among others.
PASET is a unique Africa-led initiative, which focuses on building skills for key economic sectors that support Africa’s socio-economic transformation, from the upper-secondary/TVET level to postgraduate education and scientific research.
Currently, the PASET programme has 12 members including Rwanda, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Benin, Tanzania, Somalia, Burkina Faso and Kenya.
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