“Bringing about joy, happiness, confort and satisfaction is the only good and satisfying thing we can offer to others in this world”.
Adolph Kolping The KST has a preferential option for the most needy groups. These vulnerable groups are identifi ed as smallholders including farmers and entrepreneurs, widows, people living with AIDS, orphans, the aged women and youth. The issues of vulnerability include household food security, environmental care, meaningful employment and advocacy. The aim is to enable programme participants to be active and responsible for their livelihood. “Give a person a fi sh you will satisfy him/her for one meal. Teach a person how to fi sh he/she will happily provide for his/her meals for the rest of the life”
a) IMPROVING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY: Smallholder farmers experience inadequacy in being food secure at household level. Factors contributing to this are poor land management practices, lack of access to better seeds, poor crop husbandry practices and issues of agro-ecosystem farming.
b) ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION: The environment we live in was provided by God to make our life and living be pleasant. Man’s responsibility is to engage in environmentally friendly activities so that he is protected and conserved for the common good of humanity and God’s creation.
c) SKILLS TRAINING: Skills training is the trade mark of the Kolping Society for its founder Adolph Kolping was a shoe maker and involved journeymen in developing their skills. Inadequate access to skills training especially among the women and youth in the rural areas accounts for high unemployment likewise under employment. This results in rural urban exodus in search of a dream better life in towns. Unskilled and desperate, they end up in the well known sub-urban and peri-urban hard and harsh conditions. Skills training among these vulnerable groups enable them to provide for their livelihood and prevent many chronic social evils undermining women and youth. The measures include:-
- Establishment of Kolping Vocational Training centers in the formal and informal sectors.
- Intermediary measures: These are packages of short courses for women and youth who are struggling to provide for their sustenance.
INSTITUTIONAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
Vocational training is a trademark of the Kolping society since its founder Fr. Adolph Kolping engaged himself as a shoemaker in order to support his early education as well as his vulnerable parents. Upon being ordained a priest, motivated by the encounter with life and living among fellow craftsmen he set himself to organize and enable the “journeymen” to address their spiritual, social and economic problems and challenges. His initiatives have grown up into the Kolping Society of today.
The aim is to establish institutional vocational training in order to equip young people, especially those being unable to pursue further education, with knowledge and skills to enable them to engage themselves in meaningful employment, be itself employment or hired. For this purpose the KST owns and runs three vocational training centres which follow Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) syllabus for vocational training:
- Kagondo Kolping Vocational Training Centre (KKVTC) 1993 in Muleba District:
- Magoti Technical Training Centre (MTTC) 1999 in Bukoba District:
- Mwanza Kolping Vocational Training Centre (MKVTC), 2007 - Kolping Driving School : (2006)
- Dar es Salaam Kolping Vocational Training Centre (DKVTC) - For the Informal Sector
- Intermediary Measures (Short Courses)