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Our Education Model

"Technical education plays a central role in the overall strategy to help steer countries on their path toward sustainable development providing the opportunity for individuals to emerge from poverty and contribute toward a productive middle class." – Francis J. Brochon, Founder

Working together with international experts and local communities we have developed a replicable education model emphasizing the development of employable skills. Our formula is based on 5 principles of technical education.

The 5 FTE Principles

1. Learning-by-doing: Student-centred education using modern learning technologies

Large numbers of graduates from traditional technical schools find it difficult to secure jobs because their education does not provide them with sufficient practical experience. Hampered by limited access to quality learning equipment and a teacher-centred approach to education, students are often left feeling disconnected from what they are learning and without the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the classroom.

Our learning programme is based on a student-centred approach to education, with emphasis on:

  • Hands-on training where each student learns through real-world industry simulations

  • Fully-equipped classrooms with state-of-the-art learning equipment

  • 2:1 student/equipment ratio to ensure each student really has the opportunity to master each skill

2. "Best of both" : Local teachers with international skills training

All teachers are hired locally and undergo an intensive 6-month training course led by international experts in technical, theoretical and pedagogical competencies necessary to teach new technologies. The focus is on skills acquisition and proficiency testing rather than an overemphasis on theory. We achieve this by consistently following three modules:

1) Technical Training: Teachers undergo training capacity instruction where the teachers are expected to “get their hands dirty”. In this hands-on approach to learning, the teachers are able to not only teach each lesson but also perform a demonstration as well.

2) Pedagogical Training: Trainers are taught how to base each lesson on a student-centred approach. This means that the teaching style is adapted to the students’ needs, interests, abilities and learning styles rather than focusing on what is easiest for the teacher, with the students passively receiving information.

3) Practical Training: Teachers are brought to our international training centre KIITEC for practical experience in teaching their specialization. With the aid of a coach, the teachers have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired practical and pedagogical skills.

Once hired, teachers are expected to take additional courses as needed to help augment their skills and stay up to date with the latest technologies. Through partnerships with international NGOs, we actively recruit international qualified engineers and technicians to volunteer in our on-going “Train the Trainers” programming series. Expert volunteer instructors regularly travel to regions in need of implementing specialized short-term training programmes to the local educators based on the 3-module approach.

We believe that teachers have the potential to leave a lasting impact on every one of their students. With this in mind, we take all measures possible to prepare them as capable educators and active members of the community.

3. "Filling a Need" : Alignment with domestic labour market demands

At each step of the process we leverage our unique experience in the field to ensure that thorough technical industry needs assessments are conducted to ensure the curriculum is aligned with the labour market demands. Members of the FTE team travel throughout regions in need to forge relations with local industries and determine which skills are most needed. In addition, we ask for feedback from the employers of our graduates, which is factored into the review of curricula and training packages.

With 100% employment rate as the objective for graduates, each student receives one-to-one mentoring to support their transition into the workforce. A CV writing course and job interview skills training series is conducted annually by our international volunteers.

Our graduates are currently employed in a number of positions, including: 

  • Network Administrators

  • IT Managers

  • Technical Project Managers

  • Site Engineers

  • Technical Directors

4. “Doers, not nerds”: Business management and entrepreneurship

Educating skilful and qualified technicians goes beyond the training of basic proficiencies. Our English-based curriculum includes a strong focus on the development of business management and entrepreneurial skills in order to build better-rounded graduates entering the workforce.

Additionally our education programmes instil a strong sense of discipline that is meant to build and encourage professionalism needed to prepare each graduate for the workforce.

5. “Meritocracy wins”: Merit-based scholarships for young men and women

Our scholarship programme is based on meritocracy and offers support in tuition, uniforms, education materials and daily lunches, providing the opportunity of education for those who are particularly disadvantaged.

We promote equal opportunities for the enrolment of both young men and women. Young women face particular challenges, and therefore we encourage their success by creating an environment where girls can succeed.

 

“I would like to congratulate the Institute for the teaching infrastructure. Thank you for seeing the need to introduce courses for professionals.” 
- Zefania Lulweho, Mbeya Cement, Tanzania

“The interns we have had twice from your college are exemplary”

- Mary Mtawali, Serengeti Breweries, DSM, Tanzania

“I am a diploma Holder of Electronics & Telecommunications from KIITEC. Today, I am an expert in many electronics & communications systems. Apart from technical skills in electronics and communication, your entrepreneurship classes have helped me considerably. I learned how to think and this broadens my mind.  What I learned has changed my whole lifestyle. I am a Technical Support Director of my own company – this was always my dream. Lots of thanks to KIITEC!”

- Dickson Nnkya, Founder of Dikyan Technologies, Tanzania

“I just want to be a wizard in telecommunications and one day give back to other orphans like me. I understand how special this opportunity to study at KIITEC is, and I am very grateful.” 

- Olivia, Telecommunications student at KIITEC