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Kenyan team leaves for WorldSkills Competition in Namibia



By Judith Gicobi

The Kenyan team’s first group for the WorldSkills Africa Competition, which will take place in Namibia starting Tuesday, is leaving today.

Dr Kipkirui Langat, Director-General of the TVET Authority and CEO of WorldSkills Kenya (WSK), will lead the team.

Experts from WorldSkills Germany taught the students, and they are presently coaching Kenya in 10 of the 16 skills it has chosen to compete in future events. A country can compete in over 80 different skill areas.

Kenya is close to signing a mentorship agreement with WorldSkills UK. In 16 technical and vocational trade disciplines, over 100 contestants from 11 African nations participate. An international conference and a career fair are part of the event. On Friday, the second group of four competitors and technical authorities will depart.

Four students from Kenya will compete. From Boma International Hospitality College, Joseph Kiarie (cooking) and Shradha Shah (Restaurant Services) are among them. Victoria Wambui and Maxwell Magoi, who will participate in the Mechatronics skills category, are the other competitors.

“We are joining the international community in an event that promotes skills development.” Dr Langat said.

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