Fr. TJ George, Executive Director, Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) led delegates in a one-week training workshop on Global Program-Green TVET held at Don Bosco Youth Educational Services (DBYES), Nairobi. The workshop took place from 27th – 31st January 2020 attracting 22 participants from AFE, AGL, ANG, AFW-Ni, MDG and DBTA.
In his keynote address, Fr. TJ challenged delegates to protect and care for the environment, an idea being advanced by the Green TVET Project, terming various incidences of climate change in Africa and globally as alarming.
Vocational training is one of the main components for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that encompasses the demand for lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive full employment and dignified work for all. Br. John Njuguna, the Deputy Director, DBTA expounded how the Green TVET initiative can aid in creation of more ‘greener’ jobs for the youth in Africa and Madagascar.
DBTA Program Manager, Mr. Roland Kornhaeusl, highlighted the major thematic areas in line with the Global Program pillars of; Capacity Building, Modernization, Job Services, Green TVET, and Networking. He also delved into the implementation matrix of the programme reiterating the urgency of public awareness and meeting timeliness in implementation of the programme.
A major outcome of this workshop was the adoption and validation of the ‘Mobile Team’ water and wastewater management concept note by the working teams. The groups resolved to undertake water and wastewater management between April and June, 2020.
Mr. Jack Omondi, DBTA Project Officer emphasized the need to ensure these Clubs are established and run primarily by the students. “Green TVET Green Clubs is a relevant sub-pillar to the Green TVET project,” he said. Participants unanimously agreed to undertake a Cleanup drive on 3rd March 2020 and Tree Planting on 5th June 2020. The team adopted ‘Think Green, Live Green’ as the official DBTA Green TVET slogan.