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Title:The Craft Training Center as a Rural Mobilization Policy in Kenya
Authors:Barker, David
Ferguson, Alan
Periodical:Rural Africana
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:on-the-job training
Education and Oral Traditions
Architecture and the Arts
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Craft Training Centers (CTCs), up to recently known as Village Polytechnics (VPs), are low-cost training centers located in the rural areas of Kenya aimed at providing primary school leavers with artisan skills for which there is a demand in the local area. The two basic aims are, first, supplying the rural areas with skilled manpower and, second, providing a means of livelihood in the rural areas for those whose formal education has ceased before secondary school. Broadly, these aims are seen to be beneficial in improving the development capabilities of the rural areas and helping to stem rural-urban migration. The author considers the origins and growth of the VP movement, its impact in the rural areas, the constraints to its success as a rural mobilization policy, and its future prospects in the light of the new orientation of national planning in Kenya towards basic needs provision. Notes, ref., tab.