EAST AFRICAN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT TO BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 2019

ADDIS ABABA– The East African skills for transformation and regional integration project (EASTRIP), a five-year World Bank project aimed at building the capacity of technical and vocational training institutions in the sub-region is to be implemented from next year, beginning in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

The World Bank said in a statement here Thursday that the three countries were selected for the implementation of the project in view of their better performance in the area and their strong partnership with the Bank. The project will help the countries improve quality and accessibility of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as well as allow the exchange of experiences among countries in the sub-region.

The project focuses on the areas of energy, transport, agro-processing, manufacturing and information technology. The project co-ordinator, Xiaoyan Liang, said the project would be implemented in 15 TVET institutions which are intended to be centres of excellence in the three countries.

Strengthening the capacity of the institutions and countries as well as promoting inter-connectivity among countries in the sub-region are key to the project, Liang added.

Supporting TEVT graduates to integrate with industries, assisting them in designing market-oriented and competitive programmes, conducting traing of trainers (TOT) for trainers and administrators are some of the activities included in the project.

Technical support in upgrading classroom materials, building capacity of policy-makers and improving financial management of the institutions is another task to be conducted through the project.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK