POLYTECHNICS CAN STIR A CREATIVE ECONOMY REVOLUTION, SAYS GOVERNOR FAHIM



POLYTECHNICS CAN STIR A CREATIVE ECONOMY REVOLUTION, SAYS GOVERNOR FAHIM

Lamu County Government is banking on its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) strategy to grow Lamu’s creative economy.

TVET skills will help Lamu youth preserve indigenous knowledge and earn new creative skills fit for Kenya’s knowledge-based economy.

According to Lamu County’s Governor Fahim Yassin Twaha, his administration views the TVETs as a two-pronged creator of skillsets: industrial (technical) and creative.

“Lamu hosts some of Africa’s biggest infrastructural projects which will need local technical experts. Importantly, it will contribute to development of an untapped creative industry that can easily transform our youth’s chances in terms of income generation, jobs creation and earnings through export,”said Governor Fahim.

Governor Fahim added:”In general, mainstream education has continued to focus on acquisition of knowledge. We are redirecting our TVET’s to situate their place in developing creative industries in Lamu where the local talent can be supported to transition the cottage creative sector into the a global market.”

Lamu is home to a thriving culturally-influenced creative industry including boat building; furniture making, architectural design, wood carving, ornaments smelting, beauty, fashion, literary and perfomance arts among others.

Governor Fahim said his administration has reviewed the TVETs curricula to enable the institutions develop local experts with creative skills to improve Lamu’s creative economy. School fees in all the TVET institutions has been scrapped off to increase enrolment for youth keen to develop their creative skillsets, he added.

“We have now opened 14 satellite polytechnics across the County from just 4 when we assumed governance. Youth trainees across the County have an opportunity to build their creative skills in beauty therapy, carpentry, fashion design, masonry and plumbing among others which will help build the local creative economy, ” added Governor Fahim.

According to the Department of Education, Technology, Youth Affairs, Sports, Gender and Social Services, the County Government has enabled access and increase in the number youth trainees in local TVET’s to 3,260 in 2020 from just 447 by end of 2016.

Last year 2020, 374 students pursuing different courses sat for their National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) exams.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has stated that the economic potential of the global creative sector was worth more than Ksh. 200 trillion in 2015.

Despite challenges, Kenya’s creative sector was estimated to be worth Ksh 85 billion, according to a Report by United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID).

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke


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