there a good number of books for furniture design and production in English language available on the international market- however, these books including training books for joinery and carpentry are often very specific for the respective context of use, published by governmental bodies or business-related associations. Unfortunately, such training books are not available for the African context. Therefore, international books, booklets or abstracts are- if available- used with (or without) individual adaptions be the trainers and/or users. This can be seen as one of the reasons, why foundational professional knowledge within the wood sector in many African countries is quite limited.
during the past 2 years, proWOOD has supported the wood sector in Rwanda including TVET institutions in capacity and business development, using hand-outs and physical trainings for learning and teaching. Many carpenters´ and joiners´ have raised the issue of missing certification due to an informal learning environment in the sector as well as non- existing opportunities to learn about their profession in their local language. Many carpenter´s and joiner´s use – if wireless access points are available- you tube tutorials for technical improvement.
is there a chance to support the sector with foundational guidance including media applications to improve learning and competence development? Could such foundational guidance also support an official educational certification within the education system? Is it possible to access digital media/ sources for interactive learning without high financial investment and running costs?
the foreseen approach combines different measures to answer the formulated demand:
including a continuous learning and improvement cycle with local craftspeople, teachers as well as national and international experts planned between March and October 2024 within proWOOD activities.
For further information please contact: Mr. Tim Bluthardt ( Send email )