Kenya on Thursday announced partnership with Germany to launch a 304- million-Kenyan shilling (about 3 million U.S. dollars) fund to support vocational training in the east African nation.
The Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) program will focus on increasing quality and innovation in practical and employment-oriented skills development for the youth.
Annett Gunther, German Ambassador to Kenya, said the country has a huge pool of young and unemployed nationals whose potential should be harnessed to foster development.
“The growing number of young and unemployed people provides challenges, which should instead be seen as a blessing. The issue at hand is how to match the growing number with the available resources,” said Gunther during the launch of SIFA project.
Meshack Opwora, director of technical and vocational education and training in Kenya, said the project will entail the establishment of training centers of excellence, construction of training facilities, provision of technical equipment, scholarship and training of trainers.
He said that public and private entities that are active in the local skills development sector will be incorporated in the program. Enditem.