Arthur Gitonga. Regional KAB Key Facilitator - ObituaryMonday, 10 September 2012 07:58
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform the KAB community of the recent passing away of Mr. Arthur Gitonga from Kenya. He passed away on August 29th and was put to rest on Saturday, September 8th, 2012.
Arthur while professor at the Kenyatta University was an enthusiastic and dynamic KAB Regional Key Facilitator who had been involved with the programme since its very beginnings back in the early 1990’s in Kenya. Since then, he helped introduce KAB in Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Arthur was a firm believer in the power of training trainers to support and sustain the programme. As a key facilitator, a trainer, a promoter, and more importantly as a close and dear friend of the KAB programme, he will be greatly missed.
We in the KAB coordination team wish to send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Esther and his children.
We invite all of those interested to read the last interview we did with Arthur back in July 2011 where he wrote a little about his views and experiences of the KAB programme:
40 professors graduate from KAB Training of Trainers in Costa Rica March 2012Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:15
Within the framework of the Joint United Nations Programme “Desarrollo de la competitividad para la Región Brunca en los sectores de Turismo y Agroindustria, con énfasis en la creación de empleos verdes y decentes para la reducción de la pobreza” (“Development of competitiveness for the Brunca Region in the sectors of Tourism and Agroindustry with an emphasis on the creation of green and decent employment to reduce poverty”), led by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, MEIC) and the ILO, the 7th session of the Competitiveness Council of the Brunca Region took place on 9 March. In attendance were the President of Costa Rica, Chinchilla; the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Mayi Antillón; the Minister of Agriculture, Gloria Abraham; the Minister of Planning, Laura Alfaro, and other government officials.
During the event, 40 professors from the region graduated from the "training of trainers" programme following the ILO methodology "
KAB has been applied in Costa Rica since September 2010, and is a joint initiative of MEIC, the Ministry of Public Education ( and the ILO. The initiative is supported by the ITC-ILO, which carries out the activity of training of trainers. The aim of the programme is to integrate entrepreneurship into the education plans of the Professional Technical Colleges in Secondary Education.
The programme accredits MEP and MEIC consultants as national CODE facilitators for Costa Rica, meaning that they can immediately continue the process of training of trainers, organizing and monitoring the implementation process in order to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and business development.
TRACER STUDIES ON THE KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS - a synthesis report from 8 countriesMonday, 30 May 2011 13:33
This report is an attempt to report back on the major findings from 8 tracer studies that were carried out in 8 countries under an SDC funded project, as well as provide some insights on lessons learned and recommendations on the tools and process used to carry out these assessments. This is to help future similar initiatives in KAB and other entrepreneurship education programmes. The key question was to find out what happened to KAB participants 2 or 3 years after graduation and how does their school-to-work transition and current employment situation compare to peers who did not take the course. The research project however did not look more into detail at the impact the programme had had on their first beneficiaries, i.e. the trainers and teachers trained.