The recently initiated partnership between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Germany’s Technical University of Munich (TUM) has started to bear fruits that would lead to the construction of a € 50,000 skills training centre in Nairobi’s Ruai area along Kangundo Road. The centre will offer vocational training to young people mainly from Nairobi’s Mathare and other underprivileged areas unable to continue with higher education.
The facility expected to admit its inaugural 28 trainees by end of 2011 will offer a variety of training skills in a number of mechanical and agricultural trades such as carpentry, catering, plumbing, electrical, horticulture designed to thrust beneficiaries to self employment.
Design works for the centre’s facilities that include classrooms, workshops, dining halls and hostels was undertaken by TUM’s students of architecture while students of JKUAT were involved in the planning process as part of an international University cooperation.
Already twenty five students from TUM, Germany are in JKUAT country as part of the students exchange programme to join an equal number of students of Architecture from JKUAT to participate in the construction of physical facilities for the centre in the next five weeks. Welcoming the group at JKUAT, Tuesday August 24, 2001, the vice chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga praised the initiative saying it had the potential to empower the youth in their wealth and job creation quest.
The function was also addressed by a Ruth Pouleg, a former Germany Parliamentarian for Bavaria and CEO, Promoting Africa project, the programme that has sourced funds for the construction of the centre. Others who addressed the occasion were Prof. Crispino Ochiengi, JKUAT Dean for SABS, Susan Gampher, who teaches at TUM and the coordinator of the project at JKUAT Mr. Daniel Saiva among others.