Addressing Gaps between Textiles and Apparel Curriculum and the Industry in Kenya

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2017-01-01
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Kobia, Caroline
Sang, Pual
Muhammad, Amanda
Khoza, Lombuso
Lee, Jaeil
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The textiles & apparel (T&A) industry holds the highest potential for not only fostering Africa's export competitiveness and economic development but also creating substantial employment opportunities. Kenya's T&A industry has earned its reputation in the global market as one of the leading emerging garment suppliers for high-volumes basics. Kenya's vision for 2030 prioritizes the T&A manufacturing sector as a catalyst for the country's economic development with a projected 10 percent growth rate annually. Despite opportunities for college graduates, the current T&A curriculum at universities in Kenya lacks a direct practical link to the T&A industries. To help address gaps between the T&A curriculum and emerging industry needs in Kenya, we propose collaborative research guided by Human-Centered Design (HCD). This proposed collaboration following the HCD process can be a practical example for other countries that have not yet fully realized the potentials of T&A industry for their economic and social benefits.

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