The Director General of TVET Authority Dr. Kipkirui Langat has today called upon TVET institutions to be pace-setters of greening technology and practices so as to reduce carbon emissions in their institutions and surrounding communities.

In a speech read by Assistant Director of Corporate Communications Mr. James Momanyi, during the launch of the TVET Green Forum held at Kibondeni College, Dr. Langat appreciated huge strides made by TVET institutions to integrate Greening in their training programs, institutions’ policies, and plans. This he said has helped in the reduction of carbon footprint on the institutions and surrounding communities.

The Director General hailed Kibondeni College for collaborating with Best Energy company to establish a green TVET space within the college using digital means.

“I also applaud the College for developing linkages with industry players like Movenpick Hotels and other partners like Safaricom, a collaboration that has engineered best training practices in greening and hospitality programs at the college.” Dr Langat said.

Dr. Langat urged other TVET institutions to strengthen their relationship with industries in order to champion greening in TVET because it is critical to coopting green issues into their institutions’ policies and plans.

The DG congratulated Kibondeni for the strides it has taken in offering practical-oriented courses in hospitality and for embracing the CBET approach.

“Through the provision of requisite facilities in the workshops, this college has brought industry to the learning environment and is a true model of Centre of Excellence. Being a girl-dominated institution, it is nurturing the future of this country in many ways.

In his closing remarks, the DG assured the TVET fraternity that Authority will strive to include incentives, within its mandates, that will encourage TVET institutions to embrace the Green TVET concepts.

The event came to a climax with a tree planting by Mr. Momanyi, to mark the day.

The Forum host, Kibondeni principal Madam Lynda Kasina, appreciated the efforts by TVETA in promoting Greening in TVETs through events and conferences such as the BILT project. It also includes allowing the institutions to integrate green issues into training programs.

Other Keynote speakers were Gladys Ngweno (Safaricom), representatives of Best Energy and Movenpick Hotel.

The Forum was organized by Kibondeni College in Collaboration with Best-Energy Kenya.