Building Capabilities for Work and Life: Assessing the Production of Core Values and Capabilities Among Youth in Kenya

Project Period

June 2018 - May 2019

The purpose of this study is to provide deeper insights for both the youth and education policy-makers on critical skills key to the overall socio-economic welfare of youths graduating from TVET institutions. It will also shed light on the relevance of soft-skills (communication, presentation, leadership, time management, empathy, positive outlook, adaptability, conflict management, and persuasive skills among others), and core values (integrity, transparency, hard work, discipline, accountability, and perseverance), for the contemporary job market and address and/or highlight the inherent gaps in acquisition of these skills in the country’s Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) institutions.

This research will be implemented in 182 TVET institutions in nine counties namely; Kakamega, Kisumu, Meru, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nyeri, Uasin Gishu, Garissa and Turkana. Specifically, the study will examine firstly, the extent to which these skills are exhibited by youth going through TVET training curriculum, and secondly, the extent to which the current TVET policies and curricula embody Whole Youth Development (WYD).

There are two main partnering institutions: Dalberg and ziziAfrique. The project is expected to rope in other key TVET players including TVET Authority (TVETA), the Ministry of Education headquarters, Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification Council, and the National Industrial Training Authority.