MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
THEME: SKILLS TO PROSPERITY
Development of a countries economy greatly depends on human resource that is well equipped with the appropriate skills and training that can manage and steer growth of industries. Technical Vocational Education has over the years been identified as efficient training strategy that can empower societies with the right skills thus enabling growth of informal and formal industries especially in developing countries. However in Kenya, the type of technical/vocational education offered before independence created a negative attitude where few students opt for technical/vocational education. This crippled creativity, innovation and acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, which is vital to the development of technologies that would lead to rural industrialization. Youth polytechnics have been identified as major centers for youth development and training, yet receive very low enrollment. Conversely there is a large number of idle and untrained youth in rural areas.
Kenya’s national goal is to attain rapid and sustained economic growth and development in all the Counties in the country. This is well stated in the key policy documents such as: the Economic Recovery Strategy for Employment and Wealth Creation 2003-2008, Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the Medium Term Plan II 2013-2017, Millennium Sustainable Goals and The Kenya vision 2030.
The 2010 constitution devolved the early childhood and vocational training. This is a sector of education that has been overlooked by many stakeholders. There is poor perception by the community and it’s viewed only students who have failed academically are destined for vocational training.
The county ministry of Education vision is to be globally competitive in education, training, research and innovation for sustainable development This exhibition is an ideal platform for Policy makers, Specialists in Vocational and Technical Education, as well as Industrial Planners to chart new frontiers for this sector of education, and take on new opportunities and challenges to stay ahead in the competitive global arena. This will in turn reduce the overall poverty level in the county that stands at 51.3 percent.
- To create awareness of the existing Polytechnics and ECDE in the county
- To show case the creative, innovative entrepreneurial activities within the sector
- Market the skills within the ministry
The ministry in view of the above is planning for a two days education exhibition at Kakamega County Polytechnic grounds.
As a ministry we take the pleasure to invite you to this great occasion starting on 7th – 8th June 2016
Any support from your institution/company will highly be appreciated.
Please attached find the various areas that require support.
Ministry of Education Science and Technology