Humber College recently welcomed representatives involved in the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) to campus for a cultural exchange and sharing of educational best practices.

KEFEP is a five-year project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, to develop programs that will help increase employment and economic development opportunities for technical and vocational students in Kenya.  

As part of the program Humber, Vancouver Island University, Durham College and Selkirk College are working with three national polytechnics in Kenya – Kisumu Polytechnic, Kisii Polytechnic, Sigalagala Polytechnic. “The goal is to improve education and help them reach their economic goals,” says Jennifer Cleary, Senior Program Officer, International Development Institute.

“The other component of the KEFEP project is environmental sustainability and we have really entrenched the environmental issues within our agenda,” says Odek Ochieng, Research Coordinator Kisumu National Polytechnic.

The ten-day visit gave the Kenyan colleagues an opportunity to engage in many educational activities that were focused on teaching and learning practices that are skill-based, infusing gender equality into the curriculum, and how to build industry partners. It also provided them with a chance to learn about the Canadian education system and our indigenous culture and food.

“The past ten days opened my eyes to how important it is to incorporate industry  curriculum and on-site training, but also strategies to remove gender barriers for women and improve environmental sustainability,” says a visitor from Sigalagala National Polytechnic.

During the benchmarking visit, the partners also interacted with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Arboretum. “Visits like this give us the opportunity to learn from each other and exchange best practices,” says Nalini Andrade, Manager, International Development Institute. 

The first “Global Innovation Day” was one of the main highlights of the visit. The event was organized on May 3, 2019, at the Barrett CTI for the Kenyan colleagues and other KEFEP partners. It was an opportunity for the Humber community to show gratitude towards the international partnership and shed light on the topics of how creativity, innovation and academic-industry  partnership can be mobilized to improve education and skills training for the youth. “Learning about the innovative approaches to funding and touring the labs was a fantastic experience. It opened my eyes to what can be applied in Kenya,” says a Kenyan KEFEP partner.

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