On 24th September, 2020, Israel Ambassador to Kenya H.E Oded Joseph paid a courtesy visit to Don Bosco Makuyu Technical Institute and Don Bosco Technical Institute Embu. Accompanied by Ms. Nermine – Founder & CEO of Water 4 Mercy, they were impressed with the projects being undertaken by the institutions.
Among the People present during this high-profile visit were; Fr. Simon Asira (Provincial), Fr. Eric Mairura, Fr. Frederick Swai, Br. John Njuguna, Mr. Sam Ebale , Fr. Isaac Maina, and Ms. Nancy Ndung’u.
Br. John Njuguna, Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) Deputy Director expounded to the guests how DBTA is empowering the youth in Africa for socio-economic transformation. He noted that Agriculture in Africa has a massive social and economic footprint. According to McKinsey & Company (2019), more than 60 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is smallholder farmers, and about 23 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture. Yet, Africa’s full agricultural potential remains untapped.
DBTA conducted a Labor Market Survey Report 2018-2019 whose findings revealed that 90% of Don Bosco TVET graduates are formally employed or self-employed in professional and soft Skills. However, working conditions are not at its best. The survey further revealed that areas creating employment, boosting the economies and expected future demand include Agriculture, Hotel, Tourism & Catering, Green Jobs and ICT.
It is in this light that DBTA is seeking to partner with Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) to inject Israeli technical solutions within the Don Bosco centers in the continent in order to further cooperation and development in Africa through the young people.