DAR ES SALAAM: A non-governmental organisation, HakiElimu, has partnered with domestic and international education stakeholders to launch the Tanzanian Vocational Education and Training project (TVET), also known as the ‘TVET@WORK PROJECT.’
The project aims to enhance the capacity of vocational education and training (VET) teachers to support their students’ employability through entrepreneurship.
Other partners in this project include Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Finland, 3DBear, Centro San Viator (CSV), Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College (MVTTC), and Karume Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from Zanzibar.
Funded by the European Union, the project will run for three years from 2024 to 2026.
Speaking at the project’s launch on Wednesday, HakiElimu Executive Director Dr John Kalage stated that it aims to develop trainers of trainers (TOT) for the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) colleges.
The trainers will conduct training interventions and prepare training manuals to enhance the capacity of TVET teachers.
Dr Kalage emphasised that the project will produce graduates who are well-suited to meet the demands of the labor market.
He stated: “The ‘TVET@WORK PROJECT’ aims to build capacity in teachers to help students become self-employed. It also aims to provide teachers with knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship opportunities and starting their own businesses, so they can assist their students.”
He further added, “I am excited about this project, as its objective is to enhance the capacity of vocational education and training (VET) providers and teachers.”
The Project Manager at HAMK, Ms Carita Cruz, highlighted another objective of the project, which is to strengthen public-private cooperation for demand-oriented and opportunity-driven VET.
She stated, “This project will also enable the building of competence in digital solutions and digital pedagogy for VET teachers.”
Also, the project will provide Tanzanian partners, including trainers, with opportunities to visit Finland and study European best practices in industry-VET collaboration, entrepreneurship training, and digital solutions.
The Head of Cooperation for the Finnish embassy in Dar es Salaam, Mr Johana Lehtinem, expressed Finland’s commitment to continuing cooperation with Tanzania in various areas, including education.
He described the ‘TVET@WORK PROJECT’ as a testament to the ongoing relationship between the two countries.