The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in conjunction with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education will stage the Africa Tech Challenge for the next one month ending August 25, 2023, targeting contestants from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Zambia, Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire and Zimbabwe.
The tech challenge, started in 2010 and now in its Eight Season, will be hosted at the Technical University of Kenya amid optimism from sector players that it marks a pivotal moment in collective pursuit to push the boundaries of human potential, which will create opportunity to showcase skills, creativity and problem-solving abilities at the intersection of science and technology.
“Through this partnership, 154 TVET institutions have been equipped with modern equipment enabling them to produce graduates with a hands-on experience to meet the current labour and industrial demands,” said Principal Secretary for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Dr. Esther Muoria.
She noted the world is now at a stage where technology is the driving force behind progress and innovation.
“It has revolutionized the world, shaped industries, economies, and connections with one another,” she said
She asked the participants to embrace the challenge with an open mind, embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, and leverage on collaborations as a means to unlock potential because the world needs ideas, creativity and passion for technology to address the emerging and pressing issues facing the country and the entire globe, with a view to shaping a better tomorrow.
“Let us therefore seize this opportunity to be the architects of change, the trailblazers of innovation and the visionaries of a future propelled by technology. Together, we will break barriers, exceed expectations and embark on a journey that will not only inspire us, but also challenge us to achieve the extraordinary,” she voiced.
AVIC representative in Kenya Ma Changyuan reiterated that the challenge will focus on the rapidly developing construction industry, notably the design component.
“Contestants will be able to boost design abilities, especially in reading and drafting construction drawings using cutting-edge technology tools and the winners will be awarded internships and job opportunities among other rewards,” he said.
He added that participants will receive certificates to show their participation and to highlight the skills they learned during the session.
Further, Technical University of Kenya (TUK) acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Shiundu announced that the choice of the facility as the hosting institution was not in vain and should meet every aspect of the expectations, objectives and aspirations.
TUK offers training path for candidates who have developed through the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.
He added that the institution will continue to provide leadership in the TVET at the apex of technical and vocational education and training.
The aim of the ‘Season 8’ challenge is to ensure that the immense benefits of Technology can be made to endure and thus provide a solid base for the only kind of development in our times that is really worthwhile and sustainable.
“Working together with the AVIC International Holding Corporation, we will all be able to mobilize and bridge our skills and the industry for the benefit of ourselves in technology advancement and also in technology transfer,” Prof. Shiundu said.
For this year’s competition, vocational institutions will create teams of four, with one instructor and three students under the age of 24.
(From Left) TUK Deputy Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement and Enterprise (IAE) Prof. Paul Wambua, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Shiundu, State Department for Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET) Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Esther Muoria and AVIC representative of Kenya Ma Changyuan during the Africa Tech Challenge Season Eight launch held at Technical University of Kenya on Monday, July 24 2023.