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Nairobi launches Sh200m vocational training centre

Milliam Murigi @millymur1

Nairobi county government has launched a new vocational training centre in Dandora estate. The centre was built in a partnership between Kenya Good Neighbours, Korea International Agency Motors (KIA) and Korea International Cooperation Agency at a cost of Sh200 million with a capacity for 200 students.

Dubbed Dandora Greenlight Vocational Training Centre, the facility is already admitting students and has more than 50 students so far. The college is offering courses from artisan levels to ensure that even Standard Eight leavers are accommodated.

“The institution will operate in compliance with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) Authority regulations.

We are offering courses examinable by Kenya National Educations Council (KNEC) and National Industrial Training Authority (NITA),” said Caroline Nguli, the principal.

The courses include motor vehicle technology, fashion design and dress making, beauty therapy and hair dressing, carpentry and joinery, electrical and electronics technology, building and construction, among others.

Speaking during the official launch, Nairobi county governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said his government will release Sh5 million to ensure the institution is fully equipped.

“We have received Sh30 million from the national government for construction of vocational training centres and we want to ensure that the newly opened centre is fully equipped,” he said.

Korean Ambassador to Kenya, Young Dae Kwon said education and technical skills are important in growth of a country. “There is a need to focus on nurturing skills since by doing so Kenya and Nairobi will go far in terms of development,” he said.

Boae Yoon, Country Director Kenya Good Neighbours said the institution will be a bridge between the stemming unemployment situation in the country and the youth.

“A key focus will be on the youth residing not just in Dandora area, but neighbourhoods with good proximity to the centre,” said Yoon.

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