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Kenyan students feted in Africa Tech competition


Mr. Qian Rong (center), General Manager of AVIC INTL Project Engineering Company, announcing the results of the preliminary competition. (Courtesy)

Two students from Meru National Polytechnic and another one from Gatundu South TVC have been awarded in a construction contest sponsored by a Chinese company.

The three students were part of the 259 students from 45 schools in seven countries that participated in the Africa Tech Challenge (ATC). The winning team is among six national teams that got the highest total score of each country and will proceed to the finals, after a successful preliminary competition on construction.

Other winning teams were drawn from Integrated Technical Education Cluster (ITEC), Fayoum from Egypt, St. Paul Technical School from Ghana, Luyanzi Institute of Technology from Uganda, Northern Technical College from Zambia, and Bulawayo Polytechnic from Zimbabwe, who will enter the final competition.

In the concluding phase of the contest, one team among six national squads will enter the final competition by AVIC International. According to AVIC International, the organising company that deals with construction, a total of 18 individual winners in the preliminary competition comprising the top 3 individuals from each country will be awarded with cash following the four-week training.

The participants were trained online for one month from July 25th to August 22nd, through the AVIC INTL Vocational Education Online Platform. The preliminary competition on "Reading and Drafting of Construction Drawings" was successfully held on August 25th," read a statement by AVIC International.

The training focused on the knowledge of the basic operation of CAD software, engineering drawing projection, international drafting standards and building floor plan drawing.

Participants were drawn from Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Apart from the training and competition, a midterm examination and final examination were held during the training stage for the participants to evaluate the trainees.

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