The Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions | KATTI REGIONAL TVET FAIR AND ROBOTIC CONTEST 2016
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Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutes (KATTI) organized regional innovation and robotic contest fair in various towns in the country. The exhibitions under the theme; “Research, Technology and Innovation (ST & I) for Sustainable Industrial Development” attracted many viewers a sign that Kenyans have now started appreciating technical Vocational Education and Training {TVET}.

High levels of creativity and innovation was evident from the exhibits presented by different institutions. Judges had a difficult time determining the winning items that will proceed for the National Science Contest scheduled for the month of May this year. Exhibits entered for the contest fell in either of the categories-Applied science and General Agriculture, ICT/Business/ Entrepreneurship, Institutional Management, Mechanical Agriculture and Automotive Engineering, Sign language, Building and Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics and the Robotic  contest.
Every item entered for the contest was judged and graded on the basis of its resonance to the theme, level of creativity and innovation as manifested in the exhibit, its applicability in real life and functionality.

The exhibits were also judged in terms of the registration of the creative idea used together with the exhibits’ aesthetic or completeness and effectiveness in presentation by the exhibiting team. Speakers during the contests stressed on their importance in terms of inculcating a culture of research and innovation among trainees pursuing different courses in TVET institutions. Speaking during the Nairobi region fair held at Thika town, The National chairman KATTI Jeff Kariuki was quite emphatic on this. “Vision 2030 recognizes the role played by research and development (R&D) and innovation in accelerating economic development in all the newly industrializing countries of the world”, he said. Kariuki, who is also the principal Thika Technical Training Institute hailed students from  technical institutes in Nairobi region for putting in their time, knowledge and skills under the competent guidance of their teachers to leverage innovations in wealth creation for sustainable development.

He reminded them that global experience shows that countries such as Brazil and the Asian Tigers that have leveraged the production management and application of knowledge have achieved sustained economic growth rates, with sufficient improvements in quality of life through TVET. Speaking in Thika Director TVET Bashir Mursal urged Kenyans to change their negative attitude towards TVET training.
“It’s no lesser option when compared to university training. In developed countries, technical training programmes attract best performing students and their trainers are the highest paid,” he added while closing the Mt Kenya region TVET fair in Thika.

Speakers in Western Region TVET fair, urged parents to embrace technical and vocational training for their children as a means of eradicating unemployment in the region.
During the Rift Valley Region TVET Fair held at Bomet town; speakers urged County governments to support TVET programmes by increasing bursaries for students in technical training institutions. Counties were also asked to finance construction of physical infrastructure and provision of equipment. Speakers challenged institutions to invest more resources so that they can come up with superior innovations that are well finished. Winners of regional contests will proceed for the National Science week to be held in the month of May this year.

During the Mt. Kenya regional fair, little known Mukiria Technical Training Institute located in Meru County sprung a surprise during the competitions held in Nyeri Town after bagging four trophies. The win generated a lot of interest with many viewers seeking to know more about the institution. This was a prove that with determination, one can emerge the best in any kind of activity regardless of location, size or even situation.
According to Principal David Mwangi, the trophies were a product of rigorous research, determination and handwork by the students and teachers.

He hinted that this is a dream come true. “For the last one year our students and teachers have invested plenty of time towards this achievement.  We want to see ourselves competing alongside the giants during the National Science Week and we have just achieved that”, he said.
Other newly established Institutions that participated for the first time include Katine and Godoma TTI’s from Machakos and Kilifi Counties respectively.

The regional TVET fairs are organized across the country and the winning items compete during the annual science week organized by the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI)
Last year event was held at the university of Nairobi sports ground and Meru Technical Training Institute(recently upgraded to Meru National Polytechnic) won the robotics contest beating well known institutions including universities.

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