“I would like to acknowledge first,our students in the various vocational training centers for the sacrifice and the hard work they put to ensure we made this achievement irregardless of the few resources we had,”-Governor Godhana Dhadho.
MANY County governments may have ruled out procurement and distribution of free face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, owing to the pressure and lack of funds, but Tana River County is not relenting on its commitment to first protect its residents.
Yesterday, an event to launch locally made free masks, courtesy of the commitment of young people as agents of social and economic progress- the Technical Vocational Education and Training sector.
Governor Godhana Dhadho presided over the launch of the exercise that kicked off the distribution of the initial 12,000 masks, manufactured by students from vocational training centers, with the underlying message of the day being the role that skilled human resource produced by the vocational training sector is playing in the County’s social and economic progress.
The masks will be distributed for free to residents, alongside sanitizers in keeping with the County’s resolve to ‘First protect, then create awareness’ in effectively keeping the Covid virus at bay.
During the event, that also saw the Mikinduni Ward MCA Buya Yusa contribute Sh. 96,000 towards supporting the tailoring students at the Hola Vocational Center, who were behind the humble initiative, the governor stated the positive massive impact and the economic potential that the centers have in the County.
“It is manifest that we have a potential for a textile industry. That our vocational training centers have products worthy of the textile industry and that the future of our economy lies with empowering these centers and SMEs concurrently,”-Governor Dhadho.
Tana’s skilled human resource treasure…
Fortunately for the County government, it has realized merits for vocational education which include higher wages, improved productivity, livelihood and income growth among the youth.
It is also helping the youth’s commitment to work and this in the long run is addressing one of its core purpose-reduction in crime and conflicts in the volatile County.
The humble initiative to manufacture free masks for residents was planned and executed under the guidance of the Ministry of Education.
The CEC .Abas Kunyo has played a critical role in the radical restructuring of the once dormant and deserted vocational centers through the development of policies and programs that continue to promote vocational training and by extension, changing the youth;s mindset towards TVET opportunities.
With continued successful graduations of highly skilled students and the rising number in enrollments, the County is realizing a treasure of ambitious young entrepreneurs who just need to be helped with skills in enterprise selection and job creation.
Technical Vocational education equips the youth with practical skills…However…
The flourishing vocational training sector in Tana does not come easy-it takes commitment, proper funding, constant awareness among the youth and effective implementation of the right policies.
Millions have been invested in massive infrastructure development in all the three sub counties, construction of four more new vocational training centers,provision of modern tools and equipment and modernization of existing training centers while awareness on the merits of the training trickles down to the grassroots.
Funds have also been set aside with the aim of equipping the centers with information, communication and Technology (ICT) facilities to enable learners cope with the modern ways of doing business.
With a total of Sh 250 million injected this financial year, the focus now remains on the County government’s constant awareness and campaign initiatives aimed at changing the mindsets of the youth and the community at large to discard the belief that vocational training was meant for education dwarfs.