(Xinhua) — China handed over on Tuesday a batch of
modern equipment meant to help empower Kenya’s technical and
vocational training institutions.
Kenyan President Uhuru Ken-yatta,
Deputy President William Ruto and officials from the Ministry of
Education attended a ceremony held at Kenya Coast National
Polytechnic in Mombasa to mark the handover.
The first batch of equipment came in
the phase II of a Kenya-China project for boosting tech-nical
and vocational education to the east African country.
Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in
Kenya Yao Ming and Su Tianshu, chief representative of Kenya
office of Avic Inter-national Holding Corporation, which
supplied the equipment, were also among the attendees.
The equipment, loaded by 10 trucks,
includes conventional mechanical workshops, auto-motive
maintenance workshops and welding workshops, according to Su,
who added that they would be dispatched to 20 technical and
vocational training institutions across the country after the
The Avic International Holding
Corporation signed with Kenya’s Ministry of Education in 2010 an
agreement worth about 30 million U.S. dollars on the phase I of
Kenya-China project on the establishment of technical and
vocational laboratories in Kenya.
The Chinese company helped equip 10
vocational and technical institutions in the country and provide
solutions on areas including curriculum content and instructor
training for them. About 15,000 Kenyans were trained in the
implemen-tation of the phase I of the project.
In 2013, the company inked the
agreement on the phase II of the project, which is valued about
158 million U.S. dollars and will equip a total of 134
institutions of technical and vocational education and training
across the county.
According to the company, about 1,500
teachers and some 150,000 students will be trained in phase II,
which is scheduled to end in 2020.
Su said that the rest of the equipment
in the phase II of the project will be handed over to the Kenyan
institutions by the end of 2018.
Geoffrey Mwaniki, a first year student
who majors in electrical engineering, spent some time studying a
set of mechatronic workshops, which were shown during the
Mwaniki told Xinhua that he was
excited to know he would be able to use some of the modern
equipment in the next semester.
“China is fascinating,” he said.