ENHANCING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN RURAL KENYA THROUGH THE USE OF INTERLOCKING STABILIZED SOIL BLOCKS.
1Neville Juma Hans Barasa
ICT Trainer, Weru TVC
2Bilhah Nawire Osundwa
Building and Construction Trainer, Weru TVC
Kenya at the moment is striving to achieve the Big Four Agenda among them adequate and affordable housing for its ever-growing population. In order to accomplish this for both urban and rural Kenya, it is important that sustainable methods be used while encouraging continued innovation particularly materials and building technologies that are appropriate. In the development of building material technology and for purposes of cost saving, interlocking bricks can be an alternative to the conventional red bricks. Using interlocking bricks in masonry has gained rapid popularity in various parts of the world, East Africa in particular. The technology is currently being used to promote affordable and sustainable housing. An interlocking brick is made from a mixture of clay, concrete sand and compacted cement. Unlike the red bricks which are burnt to make them strong, interlocking bricks are mixture with cement; soil being the major ingredient and used once they are dry. The name interlocking comes from the method of installation. They are simply locked together with little or no mortar in between. The technology is cheap compared to other construction technologies, suitable for a wide range of environments, safe and environmental friendly. In this research, descriptive design was adopted. The study population consisted of 50 participants who included 20 from their own rural homes, 10 from rented rural homes, 10 from their own urban homes and 10 from rented urban homes. The results established that there is need to popularize the use of ISSBs to enhance affordable housing.
EMPOWERING CITIZENRY FOR SELF-EMPLOYMENT IN KENYA THROUGH TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING.
Neville H. J. Barasa,
ICT Trainer, Weru TVC.
The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Authority is in a quest to make Kenya an industrialized country and in line with the big four agenda of Affordable housing, enhancing manufacturing, universal health care and food security & nutrition. Education and training is a basic human right and a contributor to human capital development. Education is not about providing information to the learner from the trainer. It goes beyond this to an extend of ensuring the learner has gained the necessary practical skills. Moreover, the learner eventually should come out of the education system fully equipped to cope with the challenges of everyday life. To be specific, the situation of unemployment and poverty among other challenges for developing countries. The aim of this research is to instill self-employment emphasis efforts in TVET education delivery as a strategy to realizing the big four agenda, the MDGs and the SDGs at large.