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Global Travel and Tourism Partnership promoting tourism education in high schools

EDUCATION
By - SYLVIA WAKHISI | July 31st 2013

By SYLVIA WAKHISI

KENYA: In an effort to support and promote tourism education, the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) has rolled out a programme to teach young people about travel and tourism and its many career opportunities.

GTTP is a multi-country educational programme that seeks to equip high school students with knowledge on some of the career opportunities available in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry by preparing a practical travel and tourism curricula and related tourism education activities.

GTTP Kenya, which was launched as a tourism club, has already recruited 56 public secondary schools in 46 counties for this purpose in the three years it has been in existence. It has been endorsed by the Ministries of Education and Tourism and therefore has the authority to run in public secondary schools.

More than 150 high school students have benefited from the programme.

“Many high school students hardly know about the tourism sector and the many lucrative career opportunities that one can venture into. Tourism is one of the economic pillars of the country. It plays a critical role in realisation of Vision 2030 goals. And just like medicine, engineering or law, one can build a successful profession in tourism and hospitality,” says Joseph Okelo, Country Director GTTP.

According to Okelo, students get an actual experience of the industry through job shadowing, mentorship, career days and site visits.

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