ATUPA Secretary General Mrs Jahou S. Faal has lauded members of the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutes (KATTI) for their steadfast support to her organization and its programmes. She was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on KATTI chairperson and principal of Nairobi Technical Training Institute, Mrs Glory Mutungi on March 1, 2021, accompanied by Senior Programmes Manager at the association's secretariat, Johannes Kioko. The SG briefed Mrs Mutungi on the Digital Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills Development project which CAPA-ATUPA was implementing in partnership with GIZ under the AUDA-NEPAD's Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA).
Mrs Mutungi expressed hope that KATTI members would continue supporting the association by paying their subscription arrears, noting that this stream of revenue was more important to the association now taking into consideration that it did not hold its annual conference in 2020. She expressed hope that KATTI members would continue supporting the association by paying their subscription arrears, noting that this stream of revenue was more important to the association now taking into consideration that it did not hold its annual conference in 2020.
The SG thanked Mrs Mutungi for her support to women in Technical Education and Development (WITED) in Kenya and expressed hope that this support by KATTI would be sustained and deepened. Mrs Mutungi while receiving the SG, recalled that it was her third visit to the institute which like many others in Kenya, was trying to cope with the new normal situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. She informed the SG that the institution would hold its research conference on the first week of August 2021. The KATTI membership, she noted, were very supportive of CAPAATUPA and its programmes and that having missed the 2020 annual conference, the members looked forward to the 2021 conference, albeit virtually.
The principal explained that there were reshuffles at the end of year 2020 which affected a number of KATTI principals and that the decision by the SG to make the round of visits was timely. Mrs Faal thanked her host for the warm reception and appreciated the pledge for support from the KATTI chairperson. She said she had come to know of the reshuffle of KATTI members and that after the long and challenging period of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, she saw it fitting to make the round of tours to meet the principals to show solidarity and readiness to continue the common agenda. The SG presented her host with the association's membership certificate and noted that the secretariat would from now on issue annual certificates to paid-up members to encourage fidelity to the body. While acknowledging the award of the certificate, Mrs Mutungi assured the SG that she would be available to accompany her in making a courtesy call on the new Principal Secretary of Vocational and Technical Training at the Ministr y of Education, Dr Margaret Mwakima