Kenya tops the hospitality category at the 2022 World Skills Competition in Namibia

Shrandha Shah, Kenyan representative in restaurant services at the 2022 World Skills Competition in Swakopmund, Namibia. [Courtesy]

Kenya has emerged among the best teams in kitchen and restaurant services at the World Skills Africa 2022 competitions which ended on Saturday night in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The competitions took place throughout the past week.

Two Boma International Hospitality College students took gold in the restaurant services category and bronze in cooking during the just-concluded competitions in the South West African country.

Shradhra Saijul Shah of Boma International Hospitality College beat out her counterparts from Madagascar, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to emerge as the leader of her group.

Shah, 21, vowed to work even harder to protect his crown during the World Skills Competition, which will be held in Shanghai, China.

“I am extremely excited for the victory. Now I will focus on the world competition and I hope to defend my title,” she said.

In the cooking competition, Joseph Kiarie placed third in a highly competitive category, a close second to hosts Namibia and South Africa.

“I would like to urge my fellow youngsters to focus their energies on personal development and improving their skills,” Kiarie told The Standard after her win.

Chef Robert Kabia, BIHC expert and kitchen trainer said: “We have been preparing for this competition since 2019, but we start training in January 2022. We train for four hours a day and on Saturdays all day.”

He anticipated more gold medals at upcoming competitions in Shanghai, China later this year.

The best performance series was also seen in the Mechatronics Engineering category, where a tag team of Victoria Wambui and Maxwell Magoi produced a stellar performance.

The duo came third in a skill area that was also dominated by hosts Namibia, South Africa. Kenya managed to beat Ghana.

Technical Vocational Education and Training PS Dr Margaret Mwakima said the government was doing everything it could to ensure that more skills were brought to other continental and global pieces.

“Rest assured of Kenya’s unwavering support in your future endeavours. Next time we will have an even larger delegation of competitors,” he said.

In its inaugural appearance, Kenya fielded candidates in three of the sixteen categories at an event that brought together nine countries from the continent.

The Director General of TVET, who is also the Executive Director of WorldSkills Kenya, Dr. Kipkirui Lang’at, said that Kenya was negotiating to host the next continental competition.

“We are lobbying and working hard to have the event in Kenya. We have the capacity. We have a young team and we will be able to work with them even in other competitions,” he said.

The focus will now shift to Shanghai, China, where the next global skills competition will be held in October this year.

Chair of the Africa World Skills Board,” said Chris Humphries, with a continent of 55 countries, there was a need for at least 20 countries to join the World Skills Competition in the next competition by the time the continent comes together for the next competence.

“I would like to urge African parents to nurture their children’s skills because, in the next decade, Africa’s economy will be run solely by skilled youth,” he said.

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