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CICan launches new program in Kenya

Ottawa, November 16, 2016 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP). This $18.9 Million initiative funded by the Government of Canada will be implemented in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education. Its funding was announced last week by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during an official visit to Kenya.

The Program’s ultimate outcome is to provide increased economic opportunities for male and female graduates from technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in Kenya. This will be achieved by utilizing CICan’s proven Education for Employment approach which helps government, TVET institutions and industry collaborate in providing learning that is relevant to local skills demand. The KEFEP program will focus on agriculture and energy in order to provide employment and self-employment opportunities for youth while supporting greater gender equality, green economic growth and poverty reduction.

“CICan is excited by this opportunity to mobilize Canadian TVET expertise to help Kenyan postsecondary institutions deliver accessible and gender-responsive skills training programs that meet the needs of the local industry”, said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “This program will also support the Government of Canada’s priorities in the areas of poverty reductions, women’s equality, the inclusion of youth and vulnerable populations and clean economic growth.”

Offered in partnership with industry stakeholders, KEFEP will support the Kenyan Ministry of Education in the transformation of their TVET systems in order to increase their investment in people’s knowledge and skills and in turn support economic growth. Furthermore, KEFEP will contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Quality Education”, of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which suggests that expanding the capacity of education and training systems is required to build the human capabilities necessary to bring about change in economies, societies and cultures.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan and its members are committed to driving Canadian prosperity by being global leaders in applied education and partnered innovation.

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For more information:

 
Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
jabord-babin@collegesinstitutes.ca
Tel. : 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan