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Kenya Education for Employment Program

Kenya — 2017 - 2021

Funded by Colleges and Institutes Canada.
Humber College leads a consortium of Canadian partners: Durham College, Vancouver Island University, Selkirk College and Kenyan partners: Kisumu National Polytechnic, Kisii National Polytechnic and Sigalagala National Polytechnic.

Project Goal:

To equip Kenyan youth with the skills and qualifications required to compete in the country’s workforce and support the country’s vision of transforming to a middle income country by 2030.

Project Purpose:

To harness the capacity of Kenya polytechnics to develop industry-responsive skills training programs in mechanical engineering, renewable energy and building technology to produce market-driven graduates.


This project leverages the model of polytechnic education at Humber and other Canadian Institutions to strengthen the education systems at three Kenyan National Polytechnics. As Kenya's Ministry of Education shifts from a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system (teacher-centered) to a competency-based education and training (CBET) approach (student-centered), there is an opportunity to introduce new teaching techniques, curriculum, lesson plans, and assessment tools that center around work-integrated learning. Through skills training in these areas, strengthened collaboration with industry players and technical support from subject matter experts, our Kenyan partners will be empowered to develop and deliver their own curriculum and develop institutional-wide policies across the campus to support a positive culture of CBET.

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Why Competency-based Education and Training (CBET)?

Watch the film to see how it captures the power of applied teaching and learning and how faculty and students in Kenya are benefitting from a shift from a traditional knowledge-based education system, to a hands-on, competency-based approach. This powerful change in the Kenya education system is preparing students with real-world skills to compete in today’s marketplace and creating more opportunities for them to build a better a future.

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Training for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Advancing gender equality and women's empowerment is an essential goal of the KEFEP project. Watch the video to see how Humber is working with gender mainstreaming committees at two Kenyan National Polytechnics to raise awareness on gender-based inequalities, develop plans and policies to strengthen gender mainstreaming on campus, and build skills and knowledge to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5: End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

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Trailer: Environmental Sustainability on Kenyan Campus

Watch the video to learn about how at our partner institutions in Kenya, faculty and students are passionate about their environment. Humber’s faculty with backgrounds in water engineering and landscaping worked alongside them to share ideas and knowledge and support their plans for a greener campus. Together they undertook an environmental scan, heard from their environmental student clubs, and devised plans to create environmental sustainable solutions in higher education. Watch the teaser here. Full video coming soon.