Exhibitors inspire youth on technology as solution to unemployment
Cost cutting and efficientJosephine Kitema, a leather work instructor, also living with disability, said their innovations had instilled hope in many individuals who have joined the institution. “We are currently 26 and all have hope of a better tomorrow. We have many products already in the market. We hope to inspire other persons with disabilities to join us and prepare their way into self-dependency,” said Ms Kitema. At the adjacent tent, Maranda School for the Mentally Handicapped had decorated table mats, beside mats and patterned reed baskets among others.
SEE ALSO :Nana’s turnaround plan at KICC pays off“Innovation is a lifeline for persons with disabilities because they have hidden skills that need support to be exploited. We only need well-wishers to fund them to grow better,” said Christine Ogola, a volunteer who accompanied the exhibitors. Machakos Technical Institute for the Blind showcased leather products made by students. Leather shoes, handbags, belts and other products drew admiration from attendants and bagged numerous purchases. There were also exhibitions in food security where farming enthusiasts showed their cost cutting and efficient technological innovations. Daniel Maitethia from Meru University of Science and Technology had a busy day explaining to curious visitors how sensor-based automatic irrigation system works to save water and improve efficiency. The innovation targets irrigated farming especially in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya where water is scarce.
SEE ALSO :Standard to host career fairYouth also took advantage of free training workshops at KICC while others enjoyed entertainment from upcoming poets, comedians and singers outside the exhibition area. Speaking at the show yesterday, guests called on the youth to join TVET institutions and acquire skills that were on demand in the job market. In a speech read by Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, Deputy President William Ruto said the negative attitude towards TVET must be changed.
Failures in education“To attain industrialised status, the negative attitude towards TVET as that set aside for perceived failures in formal education must be changed. Developing the human capital goes beyond mere academic education. The relevance of skills to what needs to be done is what will make the difference,” added Dr Ruto. He said Kenya needed highly skilled and innovative artisans and technicians to accelerate the growth of industries. Education CS Amina Mohamed said TVET is key in realisation of the Big Four Agenda and Vision 2030. Present were Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Kevit Desai and Post Training and Skills Development Principal Secretary Alfred Cheruiyot. Others were Maren Diale-Schellschmidt, the Country Director of the Delegation of German Commerce and Industry in Kenya, Safaricom’s Director of the Corporate Affairs Steve Chege, and GIZ Country Director Stefan Optiz among other guests.
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