Kisii County Govt to partner with TVET colleges to tap into soapstone business

Mr Nyambane Obino and Gerald Njuguna admiring a soap stone chess board at Tabaka Town. /Photo Enock Okong'o

Kisii County Government is seeking ways of establishing a modern stone sculpting centre at Tabaka town to tap the artistic talents of the youths of the area.

Kisii County Director of Cultural Services Gender and Youth Affairs Nyambane Obino said the County government will partner with the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVETs) in the county to run the programme.

The director was addressing the informants of the ongoing equipment and empowerment of the Kenya Young Champions with the society’s Cultural and educational values.

“We intend to hand over our cultural heritage to our posterity by empowering them with modern knowledge to bridge between the past the present and the future.”He said.

During the meeting, a local sculptor Mr. Joseph Oinde underscored the importance of establishing the training center saying it will train many school leavers to turn into professional sculptors and carvers to create a niche in the International market.

He said that once the Institute is established, it will produce graduates who will embrace the spirit of cooperatives to enable them to gain the strong selling power of their soapstone.

The one-day workshop that was graced by a group of officials led by Gerald Njuguna of Kenya National Museum resolved to work tirelessly in the research geared towards the documentation and conservation of the region’s heritage through the modern Information and Computer technology

By Enock Okong’o

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