As part of the Ethio-German financial support programme targeting vocational education and agricultural training – now it its fourth phase – the German Government donated 13 mini and 16 coach buses to support Ethiopia in its efforts to bolster the TVET sector.
At a handover ceremony on 12 November, the Ethiopian Federal TVET Agency (FTA) accepted 29 vehicles as part of the support provided through Germany’s financial cooperation agreement with Ethiopia.
Several dignitaries were present at the event, including the Director and Deputy Director General of FTA – Ato Getachew Negash and Ato Elias Arke – the State Minster of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE), Dr. Samuel Kifle, the German Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mrs Brita Wagener, the KfW East Africa Managing Director, Dr. Klaus Müller, as well as representatives of KfW’s country office, NIRAS-IP Consult staff, and representatives of different recipient TVET colleges, amongst others.
In his welcome speech, Ato Getachew Negash thanked KfW, the German Development Bank, for the substantial investment it has been providing over almost 20 years to the Ethiopian Government to assist it in overcoming existing limitations in the TVET sector. He noted in particular how support has provided access to state-of-the art training and teaching equipment and related capacity-building activities in various occupational areas such as agriculture, automotive, road and building construction, electrics and electronics, garment and textile, hotel management and tourism, IT as well as metal and wood manufacturing.
State Minister Dr. Samuel Kifle and Ambassador Mrs Brita Wagener cut a bread loaf, a traditional Ethiopian ceremony to welcome friends, applauded by Getachew Negash (FTA Director General, right) and Bisone Adunja (Advisor of Director General)
Dr. Klaus Müller, the East Africa Managing Director of the KfW, emphasized the significance of supporting the Ethiopian TVET sector in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Aside from the provision of a conducive and modern learning environment to build skills among young Ethiopians much needed in the market, the programme also addresses important development issues such as the empowerment of women in the educational sector, protection of the environment, and prevention of HIV infections among students."
The central objective of the Vocational Education and Agricultural Training Programme, Phase 4, is to contribute to the improvement of employment and income generating opportunities for youth in Ethiopia. Overall, an investment volume of more than €80 million has been provided since the inception of phase 1 back in 2000. Since then, more than 70 TVET institutions have received support that has advanced their capacity and ability to train thousands of trainees every year.
After the different speeches, a traditional coffee ceremony took place before KfW representatives officially handed over the keys of 13 mini and 16 coach buses to Dr. Kifle who took the opportunity to test drive one of the minibuses together with Dr Müller and Ambassador Wagener.
The vehicles will be used by TVET institutions to transport students and teachers to private companies for the so-called “cooperative training”. Strong and consistent collaboration with industry is a key component in the TVET sector. Without the partnership between colleges and the private sector, it would not be possible to ensure that TVET is practice-oriented and addressing the needs of the private sector, thus, creating job and business opportunities in the formal and informal sector.