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Investing in Collaboration

December 2019

1. Greetings from Nairobi

Message from STA, Moritz Schmidt

As the KEFEP Senior Technical Advisor it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to thank you for taking the time to read this update.

As we approach the end of 2019, it gives us a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come. When KEFEP was launched in 2016, CICan had no office in Kenya and had no recent history of project work in the country. In the past few years we have established a significant presence in the country, built strong relationships with the Ministry of Education and partners across Kenya, and seen KEFEP grow into one of the leading TVET initiatives in the region. We are working closely with many partners to shape stronger and more successful futures for a new generation of young women and men across Kenya.

As we close out 2019, we have nearly 20 new CBET courses approved for launch across the country and will soon see the arrival of modern equipment at partner institutions. This is a tremendous achievement and a final step in our journey of supporting a high-quality, accessible Kenyan TVET system.

Other highlights over the past year include the launch of our ground-breaking TVET gender analysis, the launch of the KEFEP applied research fund, several events focused on opportunities for youth in the Blue Economy, and innovation in participatory monitoring and evaluation.

Everyone working on KEFEP—from our offices in Nairobi and Ottawa, to our partner national polytechnics and Canadian colleges/ institutes, to our many industry partners—should be proud of the work that has been done this year. Thank you again for playing a part in our program and for your ongoing support.

2. Partner Updates

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Here’s what our KEFEP partners have been up to from April 1 to September 30, 2019.

In June 2019, Kerry Surman from Algonquin College joined the Kitale National Polytechnic environmental sustainability team to award medals to the best submissions in the micro project competition.

Kerry Surman of Algonquin College presents awards for grassroot initiatives by students from The Eldoret National Polytechnic in June 2019.

Olds College hosted trainers from Kitale National Polytechnic in Canada in April-May 2019.

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Durham College colleagues, Ana Jimenez and Joanne Spicer, visited The Kisumu National Polytechnic and The Sigalagala National Polytechnic for two weeks in September 2019 to support the integration of cross-cutting themes in curriculum and assessment tools.

Joanne Spicer of Durham College takes instructors from The Kisumu National Polytechnic and The Sigalagala National Polytechnic through trainings on curriculum development in September 2019.

Instructors from The Kisii National Polytechnic visited Vancouver Island University in May 2019 to be trained on technical skills to deliver a new program, which includes elements of plumbing, carpentry and masonry.

Sally Vinden from Vancouver Island University poses with instructors from The Kisii National Polytechnic before beginning CBET curriculum development work in Kisii in September 2019.

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu visited their Kenyan partners three times in April, June and September 2019. Here they are at The Nyeri National Polytechnic where industry advisory committee members visit the Dairy Processing Workshop construction site in Kenya

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Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu visited their Kenyan partners three times in April, June and September 2019. Here they are at The Nyeri National Polytechnic where industry advisory committee members visit the Dairy Processing Workshop construction site in Kenya.

Trainers from The Meru National Polytechnic pose for a photo at their institution with their certificates which they received from Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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Kabete National Polytechnic trainer, Vincent Wasonga, visited New Brunswick Community College to participate in training sessions on Industrial Automation (Robotics) in July 2019.

Participants from the College of the North Atlantic pose together with some staff members from North Eastern National Polytechnic during a trip to Kenya.

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Trainers from The Kenya Coast National Polytechnic were hosted by Camosun College trainers in Canada as they worked together on lesson plans for the new competency-based curriculum in Hospitality and Tourism in April 2019.

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Trainers from Seneca College and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University conducted a training on curriculum development at the Kenya Technical Trainers College in August 2019.

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Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service and Nova Scotia Community College staff in Canada in June 2019 where they held meetings to discuss matters pertaining to gender equity, STEM and career guidance services.

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Steven Wood of Algonquin College answers questions during a group discussion at the curriculum development training session he conducted together with Trevor McIvor of Bow Valley College in September 2019 at Kenya Technical Trainers College.

CICan’s President and CEO, Denise Amyot, speaks during the 8th International TVET and Interdisciplinary Research Conference conducted by Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) in June 2019.

3. KEFEP News & Events

BBC Swahili Interview

KEFEP’s Administrative and Finance Coordinator, Gladys Gathingi, was part of a panel discussion at BBC’s Biashara Bomba, where she spoke on KEFEP’s work in the TVET sector in Kenya in April 2019.

CICan Conference

KEFEP partners and some of the CICan-KEFEP team were in Ontario, Canada for the annual CICan Conference hosted by Niagara College in May 2019. The theme for this year was Inclusion – A Recipe for Success. Here they are at the Global Innovation Day hosted by Humber College in Toronto.

Youth in Blue Economy Conference

Senior Technical Advisor, Moritz Schmidt, participated in an engaging discussion moderated by the Canadian High Commission on how KEFEP is supporting opportunities for youth in the Blue Economy at UN Habitat in May 2019.

5th Canadian Education Partners Forum

In May 2019, KEFEP was pleased to take part in the 5th edition of the Canadian Education Partners forum in Nairobi, where various Canadian partners converged to share past, present and future updates on the work they are doing in Kenya.

Occupational Standards & Curriculum Development Workshop

National stakeholders gathered at Kenya Technical Trainers College in Nairobi to validate 19 CBET curriculum and occupational standards developed through KEFEP in May 2019.

KEFEP Interships

Eight Canadian interns, two of which were hosted by KEFEP, arrived in Kenya for 6 months by way of the International Youth Internship Program, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada. They were posted to different institutions including the KEFEP office in Nairobi, the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute in Eldoret and Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri, where they worked in the fields of Gender, HIV, Eco-Tourism and Governance.

Annual Conference on Innovations for Advancement of Humanity

KEFEP Gender Officer, Ruth Oloo, shares the findings from the KEFEP Gender Analysis report at the Eldoret National Polytechnic in June 2019.

Permanent Working Group Meeting

Towards the end of June 2019, KEFEP joined a diverse group of stakeholders working in the TVET and youth workforce development sectors at Kibondeni College in Nairobi.

National Gender & Equality Commission's Strategic Plan Unveiling

KEFEP attended the unveiling of the National Gender and Equality Commission’s 5-year Strategic Plan, for 2019-2024 in June 2019.

Inclusion in TVET - Voices of the Youth

KEFEP produced the Inclusion in TVET – Voices of the Youth video on 30th July 2019 during the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institution’s National Ball Games. It was created as part of the conversation on “Policy Dialogue on Inclusion in TVET”, the theme for the TVET Authority Pre-conference which took place on 8th August 2019 in Nairobi.

Applied Research Projects

KEFEP is funding Applied Research projects at partner national polytechnics in collaboration with industry and county and central governments. These projects pursue applied research opportunities that respond to community needs, while integrating gender equality and environmental sustainability considerations. Such research projects can provide experiential learning opportunities for female and male students and will support potential job creation and economic growth for these students.

TVET Agency Pre-Conference

The TVET Authority in Kenya hosted a pre-conference themed “A policy dialogue on enhancing inclusion in TVET” at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development in Nairobi on 8th August, 2019. This was in support of the 3rd national conference by the Ministry of Education held on 16th August 2019 at the Kenya International Conference Centre. The pre-conference was one of the eleven that were forerunners for the 3rd National Education Conference.

Competency-Based Curriculum Conference

KEFEP’s Erick Kayere and Ruth Oloo representing at the 3rd National Conference hosted by the Ministry of Education in Nairobi, in August 2019.

Soft Skills Dissemination Workshop

KEFEP took part in a dissemination workshop discussing employers’ take on soft skills. The findings and recommendations if adopted would significantly complement current and future reform efforts geared toward achieving desired employability outcomes. Some of the most valued soft skills as per the CAP Youth Empowerment Institute during their dissemination workshop on what employers think about skills, held in Nairobi on 20th August 2019.

CICan-KEPSA Breakfast Meeting

KEFEP, together with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, held their very first meeting on CBET and its impact on human capital resourcing. The event saw various industry representatives attend including those in human resources, media and government, to name a few.

A member of industry participating in the Q&A session during the CICan-KEPSA breakfast meeting on 3rd September 2019 in Nairobi.

Real Life Learning Award

The KEFEP Documentary, produced by Durham College students and faculty in partnership with CICan and KEFEP, won the Real-Life Learning Award at the PIEoneer Awards in London, England on September 19, 2019.

Durham College being awarded the Real-Life Learning Award at the PIEoneer Awards ceremony held in London on 19th September 2019. The award was in recognition of the KEFEP Documentary produced by Durham College students and staff in partnership with CICan and KEFEP.

Monitoring & Evaluation Training Sessions

KEFEP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Erick Kayere conducted trainings on learning-based management and outcome mapping with trainers from the Kenya partner institutions. These training sessions were for the most part conducted in tandem with the gender analysis validation and dissemination exercises.

Trainers from The North Eastern National Polytechnic being trained on learning-based management and outcome mapping in Garissa on May 2019.

Trainers from The Nyeri National Polytechnic being trained on learning-based management and outcome mapping in Nyeri on May 2019.

Trainers from The Eldoret National Polytechnic being trained on results-based management and outcome mapping in Eldoret on May 2019.

Trainers from Kenya Coast National Polytechnic being trained on learning-based management and outcome mapping in Mombasa in June 2019.

Trainers from The Kisumu and The Sigalagala National Polytechnics being trained on learning-based management and outcome mapping in Kisumu between 5th and 6th September 2019.

Gender Equality Analysis Validation & Dissemination Workshops

Between May and June 2019, the KEFEP Gender Officer, Ruth Oloo, and KEFEP staff, traveled the country disseminating and validating the findings from the gender analysis exercise completed in the KEFEP partner institutions in late 2018.

Ruth Oloo presents the findings from the gender analysis exercise at The North Eastern National Polytechnic to various stakeholders including students, trainers, representatives from civil society organizations and religious leaders in Garissa in May 2019.

KEFEP representatives together with stakeholders of the gender dissemination and validation workshop pose for a photo at The Nyeri National Polytechnic in May 2019.

The KEFEP Gender Officer closes the gender dissemination and validation session at The Meru National Polytechnic in May 2019 in style by planting a tree at the designated KEFEP corner.

Female trainees from The Eldoret National Polytechnic pay attention as the findings from the gender analysis are disseminated and validated at the institution in June 2019.

Great turn out at The Kitale National Polytechnic for the gender analysis dissemination and validation exercise which took place in June 2019.

Ruth Oloo presents the gender analysis findings at Kenya Technical Trainers College in Nairobi in June 2019.

Participants from the gender dissemination and validation workshop at The Kabete National Polytechnic in Nairobi pose for a group photo in June 2019.

The dissemination and validation of gender analysis findings at The Kenya Coast National Polytechnic in Mombasa in June 2019.

The Deputy Principal of Administration at The Kisii National Polytechnic makes his opening remarks before the start of the gender analysis dissemination and validation workshop at the institution in June 2019.

The Deputy Principal of Academics, Mary Okoyo, at The Kisumu National Polytechnic welcomes participants to the gender dissemination and validation workshop at the institution in June 2019.

KEFEP M&E Specialist Erick Kayere makes some opening remarks before the start of the gender.

4. Contact Us!

KEFEP Nariobi Office Coordinates

KEFEP Office Address: M2 Floor Nairobi Garage, The Mirage, Waiyaki Way PO Box 66552 – 00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Mobile: +254 720 992 081
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