On 18 March 2016 the official launch of Phase-2 of the Kenya-Netherlands TVET project took place at the Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC) in Nairobi. This launch was combined with a workshop to give the participants a good understanding of the scope and content of the project.

Project background
The Smart Classroom concept was originally designed in 2010 as part of the Kenya-The Netherlands TIVET Project (phase 1). In 2015 the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Directorate Technical Education) has reviewed the concept together with Devotra and the Smart Classroom was fully updated based on the latest concepts and technologies available.

The Smart Classroom provides Kenya with world-class learning facilities without any equivalents in the world. And introduces a unique TVET teaching and learning concept, combining state-of-the-art technologies, software, simulations, experiments and hands-on practical education, making the 10 Centres of Excellence future proof.

The Smart Classroom acts as an incubator area for ideas based on industry and labour market requirements. It will change students and teachers mind-sets and will bring innovation, spur creative and catalytic thinking, triggers students’ exploration skills, enhance problem solving based learning, and provide the opportunity to teach and learn design, programming and production skills.

The objective is to improve the quality of TVET education in Kenya, through the integration of ICT based resources, introduction of new technologies, combined with practical hands-on education and training.

For more information see the below project leaflet.

The Devotra team consisting of Ronald Simon, Patti van der Werff, Gerardo Flores and the local Devotra team were present in Nairobi to do the different presentations and to have a live interactive workshop with the participants.

About 25 high officials from the Kenyan Government were present, of which all had a direct link with education & training and in particular with TVET. During their speeches, a number of these officials emphasized the importance of TVET and this particular project for the future of Kenya.

About 120 persons were registered as official participants in this workshop. The participants came from KTTC and 9 selected Technical Training Institutes (TTI’s). And included; Principals, Heads of Departments, Teachers and Technicians.

After a detailed introduction of the project and the Digital Library concept, a lively interaction took place between the presenters and the participants. All present acknowledged the importance and relevancy of this project for the future development of TVET in their country and at their institute.

Implementation of the project has already started and the main phase will be finalized by October 0216, after which technical support mission will continue till end of 2017.

This can be considered as another project that has been successfully designed by Devotra and which is now under implementation.