November 16th, 2018
“The future lies in the hands of today's youth around the world, the future is bright. In building that future, global educational engagement like KEFEP is the key” - Farzad Rayegani
Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Dean of the School of Applied Technology, recently returned from a capacity-building trip to Kisumu National Polytechnic (NP) in Kenya, as part of the Kenya Education for Employment Project (KEFEP).
Funded by Global Affairs Canada through Colleges and Institutes Canada, and implemented by Humber's International Development Institute (IDI), along with partners Durham College, Selkirk College and Vancouver Island University, KEFEP is helping Kenya to transform its technical and vocational training programs to be more closely aligned with industry, and to graduate students who are equipped to make important contributions to Kenya’s economy.
Working closely with his Kenyan counterparts, Farzad is helping faculty from Kisumu National Polytechnic to develop a course in Plant Operations and Maintenance. The course is modeling Humber’s approach of having industry-relevant curriculum, and engaging with real-world projects. This involves creating new curriculum, occupational standards and teaching methods that meet the Kenyan government’s reforms around Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes. The reforms are targeted at expanding youth access to training, addressing the mismatch between training outcomes and market demands, which has been hindering many graduates to access job opportunities.
“The future lies in the hands of today's youth around the world, the future is bright. In building that future, global educational engagement like KEFEP is the key”, said Farzad Rayegani. "As a leading global polytechnic institution, it is our vision to create a transformational educational experience locally and around the world through global educational partnerships".
Farzad and other key staff from Humber including and Gina Antonacci, Associate Vice President, Academic and Kerry Johnston, the Academic Manager of the Sustainable Energy and Building Technology Program are contributing to the KEFEP Project by lending their expertise and guidance to our partners as the country transitions to a competency based, industry-focused approach to curriculum design and delivery.
For more information on the KEFEP project visit: Colleges and Institutes Canada. For more information about the International Development Institute and Humber's capacity-building projects overseas, visit idi.humber.ca.