I am very pleased to be writing to you for the first time as the Senior Technical Advisor – KEFEP having officially joined Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) in August 2020. I am very excited to take up this role and I look forward to working with the Canadian and Kenyan partners in project implementation and to continue the excellent work done in the past 4 years.
It was exciting to meet many of you during the Partners Forum and to listen to your shared experiences implementing the program while adjusting to the impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 pandemic issues are very similar for all partners and it is encouraging that we are continuing to move forward despite the challenging circumstances.
The phased reopening of TVET institutions in Kenya has begun accompanied with the necessary COVID-19 response measures aimed at protecting students and staff. We applaud your efforts to put in place the required infrastructure and build staff capacity for the effective delivery of virtual learning. As the pandemic containment measures are relaxed gradually, we hope that infection rates remain low and that we all stay safe.
The installation of equipment and basic training for the trainers is ongoing in readiness for the course launches. A majority of our Kenyan partner institutions have received their equipment and I am pleased to share that the KEFEP team and the Canadian partners are working towards finalizing the learning materials and accreditation of the courses and thereafter the marketing of the courses in readiness for official launch in January 2021.
I wish to send warm welcome and good wishes to the new principals joining our Kenyan partner institutions. The CICan team in Nairobi looks forward to your continued support and working with you in the successful implementation of CICan projects.
CICan through KEFEP is coordinating the back to campus campaign aimed at helping KEFEP national polytechnic partners prepare for students and staffs’ return to school in a safe manner and to a safe environment. The campaign is supported by Global Affairs Canada through the High Commission of Canada in Kenya and aims to contribute towards the Government of Kenya’s target of schools re-opening in January 2021.
CICan is strongly committed to Gender Equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and Linet Tanui, our Gender Officer with the support of the Canadian partners will be coordinating the implementation of gender equality and social inclusion initiatives in our partner institutions.
I am proud to be a member of the CICan field office team who have been incredibly helpful to me as we provide support to partners and ensure effective coordination between KEFEP and CICan Young Africa Works in Kenya – TVET initiative and other TVET projects in Kenya.
I look forward to a good run in the last quarter of 2020 and I would like to appreciate the support of KEFEP’s Manager of Operations – Tom Tunney, Program Officer – Marilet Fideles, Senior Program Officer – Peter Hach, and Senior Technical Advisor – Moritz Schmidt. Thank you all for the continued support!
2. KEFEP CBET Courses and Corresponding Equipment
3. Partner Updates
Here is what our KEFEP partners have been up to from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
On 29th April 2020, wooden cases were assembled and used for storage of KEFEP equipment to be delivered at the various national polytechnics.
The Eldoret National Polytechnic received their equipment for the Surveying Level 4, Concrete Field Testing Level 5 and Concrete Construction Foreperson Level 5 courses in March 2020 from Murishi. Basic training took place in August 2020.
The Kitale National Polytechnic received their Agricultural Machinery and Equipment on 19th May 2020.
The Kitale National Polytechnic assembled, installed, and tested Lot 2 of their Agricultural Machinery and Equipment in June 2020. Pictured is the ICT room.
The Kisumu National Polytechnic received their batch of KEFEP equipment on 17th May 2020. The equipment will be used in the training of TVET trainees undertaking Levels 4, 5 and 6 of Industrial Plant Operations course.
Batch 1 of the KEFEP equipment delivered to The Sigalagala National Polytechnic on 4th May 2020 will be instrumental to the trainees undertaking Solar PV installation Level 3, Stand Alone Solar PV Level 4 and Hybrid and Grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic systems Level 4 courses.
The Sigalagala National Polytechnic received their second batch of equipment on 18th May 2020 which would be used to facilitate the Solar PV courses.
In July 2020, The Sigalagala National Polytechnic continued to receive KEFEP equipment lots to be used in the delivery of Solar PV installation Level 3, Stand Alone Solar PV Level 4 and Hybrid and Grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic systems Level 4 courses at the institution.
Building Artisan Level 4 equipment was delivered to Kisii National Polytechnic where it was received by the management led by the then principal on 2nd July 2020.
The Kisii National Polytechnic conducted their basic training on the KEFEP equipment between 24th and 27th July 2020 in preparation for the delivery of Building Artisan Level 4 course.
The Nyeri National Polytechnic received their Dairy Processing Level 4 KEFEP equipment in July 2020.
On 19th April 2020, The Meru National Polytechnic were recipients of equipment to be used in the training of Agriculture Extension Level 4 course.
The Meru National Polytechnic received Lot 7B of their Agricultural Extension Level 4 equipment on 9th July 2020.
North Eastern National Polytechnic received their KEFEP equipment in April 2020. The equipment will be used in the Automotive Mechanic Level 3 course.
Between 19th May and 18th June 2020, North Eastern National Polytechnic successfully offloaded, installed, and set up workshops as well as ICT labs in preparation for the delivery of Automotive Level 3 course and other programs at the institution.
Some of the faculty members of Kenya Coast National Polytechnic on 3rd June 2020 received the first batch of KEFEP equipment to be used in the delivery of Pastry Cook Level 4, Tour Guide Level 5, Bartender Level 4 and Industrial Controls Installation Level 6 courses.
KEFEP Equipment Lot 10A and 10C were delivered to Kenya Coast National Polytechnic in August 2020.
KEFEP 06 Canadian partner lead, Seneca College, together with their Kenyan counterparts Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC) held discussions in June 2020 around device usage, focused on Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL).
The KEFEP-07 team comprising of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and Nova Scotia Community College held a virtual meeting on 7th May 2020 where they discussed strategies on project work.
The Canadian partner lead for KEFEP-08, Bow Valley College, completed a marketing video on the project partnership with Algonquin College, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI), TVET Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC) and TVET Authority (TVETA) posted on its college website and on YouTube in July 2020, titled From Calgary to Kenya: Skills that Matter.
4. KEFEP News and Events in the Time of COVID-19
Program Technical Committee (PTC) Meeting
The quarterly Program Technical Committee (PTC) meeting, co-chaired by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), was held virtually on 16th July 2020.
Members were able to review the structure, roles, and responsibilities of the committee, as well as receive updates on KEFEP’s past and upcoming activities.
Program Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 8th Program Steering Committee meeting – which saw members of The Canadian High Commission from the Ottawa and Nairobi offices, The Ministry of Education, CDACC, TVETA and the KEFEP team attend – was held online on 20th July 2020.
KEFEP Partners' Forum
The KEFEP Kenyan and Canadian partners came together for a partners’ forum where they provided updates on curricula development, course launches, progress on Applied Research as well as how they were responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual meeting took place on 25th August 2020.
On 31st August 2020, KEFEP’s Senior Technical Advisor, Joel Oloo and CICan Kenya’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Erick Kayere conferred with Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) on the registration of the 19 approved KEFEP CBET courses.
Gender Equality (GE)
During this period, the KEFEP Gender Officer organized two Zoom meetings for the national polytechnics and Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC) to create a platform for sharing progress on gender equality action plans from each institution and their COVID-19 response to return to school from gender perspective. These meetings resulted in a Women in Technical Education and Development (WITED) Committee being formed in 8 National polytechnics including: Eldoret, Kitale, Sigalagala, Kisumu, Kisii, Kabete, North Eastern, Nyeri and Kenya Coast National Polytechnics to foster women’s participation in science and technology.
5. Contact Us
Office Move and New Address
Despite the gradual return to work by many organizations after a drop in the COVID-19 cases in Kenya, our Nairobi-based staff are continuing to telework. This is because the current office space is not large enough to safely accommodate the present staff numbers, which have increased during the COVID-19 season, resulting from the decision by CICan to merge the KEFEP and SITVES project office with Young Africa Works in Kenya – TVET project office.
To that effect, please note that we will be moving offices. As of January 2021, the team can be found at the new location below:
9th Floor, Karuna Road (Near Sarit Centre),
PO Box 66552 – 00800, Nairobi, Kenya