Kenya is gearing up to host a pivotal two-day conference centered on Partnerships for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PASET) in April 2024, as announced by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu. The conference, themed ‘Leveraging Technical, Vocational, and Technical Training (TVET) in the Knowledge and Skills Ecosystem for Africa’s Industrialization,’ will convene Ministers of Education from 12 African nations. Together, they will deliberate on strategies to bolster the continent’s capacity in equipping manpower crucial for the advancement of modern industrial economies.
Addressing Skills Gaps: A Priority for Africa’s Development
CS Machogu underscored the critical need for Africa to bridge the gap in skilled manpower, particularly in areas requiring expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The conference underlines PASET’s pivotal role in addressing these knowledge and skills deficiencies, thereby fostering Africa’s socio-economic development.
Early Skill Development: A Foundation for Success
UNICEF Representative to Kenya, Shaheen Nilofer, emphasized the significance of nurturing skills from early childhood. By prioritizing skill development from a young age, Africa can lay a solid foundation for the future, ensuring a pipeline of competent professionals ready to contribute to the continent’s growth and prosperity.
Multilateral Collaboration: Key to Success
The briefing session at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) saw the participation of various development partners, including the World Bank, USAID, International Labour Organization, and UNHCR. This collective effort highlights the importance of multilateral collaboration in addressing Africa’s educational and skills challenges.
PASET: Driving Africa’s Socio-Economic Transformation
PASET, an Africa-led initiative, focuses on building skills for key economic sectors crucial for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. With 12 member countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Tanzania, PASET aims to strengthen education and research in applied sciences, engineering, and technology, from the upper-secondary/TVET level to postgraduate education.
The forthcoming PASET conference in Kenya represents a significant milestone in Africa’s quest for industrialization and economic empowerment. By harnessing the potential of TVETs and prioritizing skill development, the continent is poised to unlock new opportunities and drive sustainable growth. Through collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships, Africa can pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for generations to come.