Vocational centre opens in Nairobi Dandora

Written By: Claire Wanja/Statement
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DandoraGreenlight Vocational Centre operates in compliance with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVET)

The construction of Dandora Vocational Training Centre is now complete.

The Centre is a project of Kenya Good Neighbors in partnership with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Kia Motors and Nairobi City County Government.

In line with its projection of completion during the ground breaking ceremony in 2016, the institution has been completed ahead of time.

The school will function as a centre that offers a wide array of training opportunities for the youth including but not limited to vehicle maintenance technology, fashion design and garment making.

DandoraGreenlight Vocational Centre operates in compliance with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVET) regulations as is mandated to offer courses examinable by Kenya National Educations Council and National Industrial Training Authority.

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This is the first project Kenya Good Neighbors has collaborated with Nairobi City County and are hopeful to have more collaborations in the future in a bid to help alleviate unemployment particularly among the young.

“Every year, we have students who sit for their final examinations but unfortunately do not attain the cut off points to be absorbed into a professional institution, DandoraGreenlight Vocational Centre gives a second to students with D gradeand below by offering them an opportunity to enhance their skills and become more self-reliant,” said Ms. Caroline Kimeu, the institution’s Head Mistress.

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Kia motors supports the establishment of the centre with the hope of encouraging the development of successful, community-operated businesses that that positive local impact. It aims to provide valuable service to people who rely on absolute vehicle reliability for their day-to- day livelihood.

“As a bridge between the stemming unemployment situation in the country and the youth, the center will go a long way in supporting local self-reliance by providing effective and affordable training opportunities to ensure economic empowerment of the vulnerable class with key focus on the youth residing not just in Dandora area but neighborhoods with good proximity to the center,” Ms. Boae Yoon, Country Director Kenya Good Neighbors said.

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The school is currently taking admissions for the first semester. A course with KNEC, just like any course in other institutions would take a maximum of 2 years before completion.

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