Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa pointed out that the current syllabus for training immigration officers and other stakeholders is inadequate, both in form and content, due to its over-reliance on practical training. ©IOM 2017 (Photo: Joseph Kabiru)
Kenya’s migration management practitioners urgently require professionally developed curricula for training their personnel in order to address the emerging migration challenges facing the country, the Director, Department of Immigration Services, Gen (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa has stated.
Speaking in Nairobi on 23 February 2017 while officially opening a one-day consultative workshop on curriculum development, Dr. Kihalangwa noted that Kenya is currently facing a myriad of migration challenges such as international terrorism, human trafficking, identity fraud, money laundering and drug trafficking, and requires advanced migration training on practical, theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills.
“Emerging migration opportunities such as mainstreaming migration management into sustainable development goals, adoption of information technology in general migration services, will also require tailor–made advanced migration training with sound analytical tools,” he said.
He pointed out that the current syllabus for training immigration officers and other stakeholders is inadequate, both in form and content, due to its over-reliance on practical training.
On his part, the Head of IOM Kenya Country Office, Mr. Michael Pillinger, pointed out that IOM has recognized the need to support the establishment of a Migration Training Institute in Kenya, and to develop new training curricula for the proposed migration institute to train practitioners on migration management.
“It is therefore important that the proposed institute provides training to other key border agencies to cater for the current and emerging issues of migration for a better management of our borders,” he said.
The workshop, organized by National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) Secretariat in partnership with IOM, aimed to harmonize stakeholders’ contributions, including by IOM’s well established Africa Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), located in Moshi/Tanzania, to the thematic areas that need to be captured by the curricula.
The concept of the Kenya Migration Training Institute is set to offer migration management courses at certificate, diploma and post-graduate diploma levels. It is proposed to integrate
the training of personnel of all departments in the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons, as well as other Government officials and individuals with interest in migration management studies, both nationally and regionally.
IOM, through its ongoing Immigration and Border Management (IBM) programme, has been supporting efforts to strengthen the Government’s capacity to manage borders through trainings, workshops, provision of equipment, updating Immigration Border Procedures and Operations Manual to enhance the immigration management and governance systems in Kenya.
The current IBM Project is funded by the Government of Japan.