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Malawi to host continental vocational training conference

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Malawi  will this December host the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (Capa) annual conference which will, among others, discuss ways of advancing skills among member states in Africa.

The conference, which will take place at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe from Decembers 11 to 16, is expected to bring together over 200 international delegates.

Speaking in Lilongwe last week during a news conference ahead of the meeting, Kenya-based Capa Secretary General, Olubunmi Owoso, said the conference will also discuss strategic empowerment of African women through technical education and employment and innovative approaches to curriculum development.

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“We decided to meet in Malawi to deliberate on how Capa can contribute effectively and maximally to the achievement of the continental strategy on Tvet. We will also share experiences from three countries on reforms that have worked which we can model on other countries,” Owoso said.

Owoso said the conference whose theme is: “Evolving transformative leadership and innovative management in Tvet for sustainable development in Africa”, will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders and players in the Tvet sector to meet and share experiences for improving and advancing vocational education and training in Africa.

He said Malawi was chosen since it is one of the countries in Africa whose government is emphasising on skills development.

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Said Awoso: “It pleased the general committee of Capa to have this year’s conference in Malawi because technical and vocational education in this country seem to be taken into so much consideration as the country is moving from being a predominantly importing to an exporting one. And we hope this conference will be another successful one,” he said.

In his remarks, Local Organizing Committee chairperson Mr. Freeman Kalilani, Principal for Salima Technical College said preparations for the conference are going on well.

CAPA is a Pan-African organization that was established following a resolution of the 7th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers that was held in Accra, Ghana in March 1977, with a mandate to support professional and skills development and to promote policy advocacy in favour of technical and vocational education and training (Tvet). It has a membership of over 170 post-secondary educational institutions across 18 African countries. The membership of Capa demonstrates a well-integrated profile of technical universities, polytechnics and technical colleges that are oriented towards knowledge and skills acquisition for the world of work. Some of the members of Capa in Malawi include the University of Malawi (Unima), Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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