WITED KENYA COAST NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC CHAPTER MEANING OF WITED
WITED (“Women in Technical Education and Development”) seeks to foster womens’ participation in science and technology, as this domain has been deemed a high priority, integral to a nation’s development plan.
Genesis of WITED
- WITED, a project conceptualized by the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), was born out of reaction to the observed exceedingly low participation of women in science and technical education in its member institutions; CAPA embarked on this project in 1988. Unfortunately, in Kenya, the WITED chapter has not been vibrant. That being said, COL (Commonwealth of Learning) has been instrumental in the revival of WITED and is presently spearheading the establishment of WITED Chapters by way of providing guidance and creating a networking forum in Invest Africa-CLN. The WITED-KCNP (Kenya Coast National Polytechnic) chapter commenced in March of 2012, and was officially launched in October 2012. The KCNP chapter was the first WITED chapter in Kenya after which they facilitated the development and launch of subsequent WITED chapters throughout Kenya.
The WITED project is aimed at both revealing and demystifying the complex influences of the cultural, historical, economic, societal and gender-related reasons impeding female participation in technical education, training and employment.
The long term objective of the project is to:
‘enhance the participation of women in Technical Education at all levels for economic empowerment towards achievement of vision 2030.’
These are to:
- Identify the reasons why women/girls are not involved or have not ventured into science and technical courses.
- Make the community aware about the tremendous opportunities within the technical career path for women.
- Actively encourage girls/women to develop the interest to pursue the science and technical courses.
- Sensitize women and girls on the benefits of pursuing the technical career path.
- Reach out to less-privileged women in the informal sector with the aim of engaging them in Technical career paths leading to economic empowerment.
The WITED Goal
A dynamic team of committed individuals at KCNP are, in a spirit of collaboration, embarking on the altruistic task to reach out to the less privileged and girls and women in the society, offering to them what they never thought was possible in life; technical skills. Female technical teachers, as role models, are to be at the forefront in encouraging other women and girls into pursuing relevant technical education. Technical Education for women need not only be of high quality but also relevant, thus yielding the benefit of women to become self-reliant, uplifting themselves, their families and communities, and thus providing the much-needed economical imperative for sustainable development.
The WITED Spirit
The practitioners of the WITED program will work tirelessly to:
- go beyond the call of duty to reach out to the less privileged girls and women and liberate the oftentimes forgotten talents.
- demonstrate love, appreciation and recognition to fellow women/girls.
- inspire girls /women through success stories from role models.
- advocate for women rights to education and economic empowerment
- participate in the social and moral duty of saving girls/women from crime, immorality, drugs, unemployment, despair, poverty and desperation.
- endear to provide supportive spirit to fellow women/girls.
The WITED program will specifically target the following demographic(s):
- School leavers
- Women in the informal sector including vegetable vendors, commercial sex workers, security guards, hawkers, public transport personnel, house wives and house helps.
- Unemployed women
- Actively participate in education for girls /women campaigns
- Organizing and participate in awareness and sensitization forums for women leaders, policy makers, school heads and career teachers, men/husbands, parents/ guardians, female and male teachers with the goal of supporting girls and women’s enrolment in science and technical education.
- Advocate for science and technical education by way of:
- The engagement of women in the informal sector face-to-face, via internet and mass media.
- Visits to schools, places of worships and social meetings encouraging and counselling women.
- Inviting girls to KCNP for career motivational talks and to interact with role models.
- Participation in workshops for heads and career teachers of girls’ schools.
- Addressing teachers’ conference to influence decisions.
- The production of career booklets for circulation to girls’ schools.
- Collaboration with other technical institutions, government and non-governmental authorities/agencies/organizations in an effort to secure greater enrolment for women in technical training institutes and polytechnics.
- Advocate for non-traditional roles for women leveraging the power of mass media, internet and live campaigns.
- Intervention with concerned government ministries and employers to secure favorable employment conditions for women in industrial establishments.
- Advocate and lobby for sponsorship and financial support of girls/women in Science and Technical courses.
- Advocate for tailor-made practical oriented courses/trades for girls/women
- Mentor girls/women who are already pursuing Science and technical courses
- Door-to-door activities
- Coordinate the WITED Club consisting of WITED Committee members, students and alumni who have benefited from WITED activities.
- Procure resources to maintain and sustain WITED project activities.
WITED Committee Members
- Rose Nyawanda – Coordinator
- Eunice Kariuki – Secretary
- Michael Nyaga – Assistant Coordinator
- Lucky Mulwa – Assistant Secretary
- Duncan Akidiva – Technical Head
- Patrick Menya – Assistant Technical Head
- Pauline Kabui – Head of Marketing
- Angeline Onyango -Career Guide and Counselling
- Peter Musili – Financial Advisor
NB: Membership can be changed/modified when deemed necessary.
WITED will collaborate and co-ordinate with the following Offices/officers/teams at KCNP;
- A) Internally ;
- The chief Principal and Management
- Deputy Principals
- Dean of Students
- Industrial Liaison Officer and coordinators
- Heads of Departments and Sections
- Performance Contract Coordinator and PC Team
- FaB Team
- Gender and Disability committee
- Guidance and counseling committee
- All interested and supportive members of KCNP
- B) Externally;
- External collaborators including other WITED Chapters(WITED-Kenya), COL,INVEST Africa/FSD Team, CAPA etc
- Other collaborators, sponsors and stakeholders.
This blueprint is to be circulated to all the stakeholders mentioned above.
The blueprint is a dynamic document, and thus is open for review/modification when deemed necessary.
Your support is highly appreciated as we all endeavor to embrace this very much altruistic and worthy project.