Bonsai training http://rgbonsai.com/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 08:17:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rgbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Bonsai training http://rgbonsai.com/ 32 32 LEGO’s Flower Bouquet and Bonsai Tree are Rarely Discounted at $40.50 Each (Save 20%) https://rgbonsai.com/legos-flower-bouquet-and-bonsai-tree-are-rarely-discounted-at-40-50-each-save-20/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/legos-flower-bouquet-and-bonsai-tree-are-rarely-discounted-at-40-50-each-save-20/ As some of the most popular LEGO sets for older builders since its launch last year, the Botanical Garden collection has been hard to find on store shelves. Now, not only are two of the kits in stock, but they also come with some of the best prices to date via Amazon. Right now you […]]]>

As some of the most popular LEGO sets for older builders since its launch last year, the Botanical Garden collection has been hard to find on store shelves. Now, not only are two of the kits in stock, but they also come with some of the best prices to date via Amazon. Right now you can tag the LEGO flower bouquet for $40.49 shipped at Amazon, down from the usual price of $50. A few cents from the all-time low, this is the best price of the year and a rare overall offer. Stacking up to 756 pieces, this set brings together a collection of flowers so you can create your own bouquet. These large-scale builds will look lovely whether as the centerpiece of your table or as a gift to someone special. Get all the details in our hands-on review, then head below for a notable discount on the LEGO Bonsai Tree.

If you’re looking for another way to bring brick-built greenery to your collection, Amazon is also offering a discount on the LEGO Bonsai Tree. $40.33. Sitting at the best price of the year, this one is also a rare chance to find it during the available period, not to mention the usual price of $50.

Stacking up to 878 pieces, the LEGO Bonsai puts together a detailed recreation of the iconic plant in brick form. Alongside a wooden stand, you can also replace the normal green leaves with cherry blossom flowers to add an extra touch to the build. We’ve found this to be the best LEGO kit of 2021 so far in our hands-on review.

Among all the other LEGO news this week, be sure to check out our reviews of the new Star Wars 2022 series of buildable helmets. We also just got our first look at three new sets from the upcoming movie. Light year to accompany the first look at the next Republic Fighter Tank that was revealed ahead of an official announcement.

Features of the LEGO flower bouquet:

The LEGO Flower Bouquet (10280) building kit makes a unique gift or thoughtful project, creating a beautiful flower display model made entirely of LEGO pieces. Please note that a vase is not included. This flower bouquet offers a vibrant display of interesting colors and shapes, inspired by real flowers such as roses, snapdragons, poppies, asters, daisies and grasses.

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‘I Can Do This’: Sandyvale Session Offers Bonsai ‘Creativity’ Classes | News https://rgbonsai.com/i-can-do-this-sandyvale-session-offers-bonsai-creativity-classes-news/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/i-can-do-this-sandyvale-session-offers-bonsai-creativity-classes-news/ JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Using pruning shears, wires and gardening knowledge, former WJAC-TV “Green Grower” Ron McIntosh taught about two dozen people how to turn a plant into a bonsai tree. during a presentation on Saturday morning. The How to Create a Living Art Masterpiece event kicked off the annual seminar series at the Sandyvale Memorial […]]]>

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Using pruning shears, wires and gardening knowledge, former WJAC-TV “Green Grower” Ron McIntosh taught about two dozen people how to turn a plant into a bonsai tree. during a presentation on Saturday morning.

The How to Create a Living Art Masterpiece event kicked off the annual seminar series at the Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown.

“I think it’s just the creativity that they’re always interested in,” McIntosh said. “He has always been popular among all the seminars we organize. I just think they find its artistic value just interesting. When you can show them it’s not that hard, I think it’s more impressive for them to say, “Hey, I can do it.” I can do it. It’s not that hard.’ ”

McIntosh has been demonstrating the Japanese technique used to create patterns that mimic the shape of real trees for years.

He also shares his creations.

“They make the perfect gift,” McIntosh said. “When friends or family come, birthdays, special occasions, I give them one of my bonsai trees. They really appreciate it and still send me updated emails and photos of them years later. ‘Look at this. It’s always going well. They make great gifts, and they make great conversation starters.

Bobbi Ream is a regular at the seminars, which started in 2014.

“For years we came to every one of them — friends and I,” Ream said. “It’s the first event of the spring. So when we get here, it just feels like it’s already spring.

Four other Saturday seminars are scheduled:

• Saturday: indoor plants and succulents

• April 9: The importance of native bees and simple design elements for container planting

• April 23: The History of Native Americans in Western Pennsylvania and the Food They Cultivated

• April 30: Life in the tropics, the plants that will grow here

“We are happy to bring such education to the community,” said Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy President Diana Kabo. “It’s part of our mission – to keep the community informed about environmental and other issues.”

All presentations are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.

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This is bonsai – The Portugal News https://rgbonsai.com/this-is-bonsai-the-portugal-news/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/this-is-bonsai-the-portugal-news/ I always find these little trees a little friendly and almost serene, they have a delicate air and a zen side. The name ‘Bonsai’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘tree in a pot’ but the term originally comes from the Chinese word ‘pun-sai’ or ‘penjing’. In Chinese, “pen” means pot and “jing” means landscape or […]]]>

I always find these little trees a little friendly and almost serene, they have a delicate air and a zen side. The name ‘Bonsai’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘tree in a pot’ but the term originally comes from the Chinese word ‘pun-sai’ or ‘penjing’. In Chinese, “pen” means pot and “jing” means landscape or scenery. Bonsai trees are meant to be a miniature representation of nature, planted in decorative containers. When it comes to the Japanese art and science of bonsai, it uses masterful and meticulous pruning, training and maintenance techniques, creating a miniature version of a wild tree that is naturally lifelike and beautiful.

Enthusiasts are sometimes skilled enough to take care of a collection of different ones, with many different styles they can be fashioned into, each with their own name.

Almost any tree or shrub can be made into a bonsai, it is not a special type of dwarf tree. Specifically, bonsai is created from perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produce true branches and can be grown to stay small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. In Japan, the famous Tokyo Palace’s Sandai-Shogun-no-matsu refers to a type of white pine bonsai, believed to be over 500 years old. It is considered to be the oldest known and extant bonsai specimen in the world.

My husband had a bonsai years ago he spent a lot of time with a pair of nail scissors cutting it and critically examining it from every angle and then I’m afraid I managed to get it kill, shamefully because I hadn’t bothered to take the time to inquire about his care.

I have now discovered (too late!) that the main cause of bonsai ‘death’ is under-watering – they have shallow roots and tend to dry out. They are finicky plants and can just decide to die quickly if not cared for properly, so it would be wise to get yourself a book or learn as much about them as possible before buying, or if you are good at it, make sure you to check know how to take care of it.

The tricky parts

Watering is the tricky part and should be watered when the top layer of soil seems dry. Depending on the type and size of the tree, as well as the type of soil used, they may need to be watered up to once a day, so rather than sticking to a routine it is best to check frequently. You need to completely saturate the root system, keep watering until the water escapes through the drainage holes underneath, and I think most bonsai come with a little tray underneath to collect the excess water.

Conversely, overwatering is just as bad and will cause leaves to turn yellow and small branches to dry out. The roots drown in water and are starved of oxygen, preventing further growth, the cause may simply be poor draining soil. The best solution would therefore be to check it daily.

Another tricky aspect is shaping, sometimes branches are wired into the desired shape, and there are clubs and online courses for serious bonsai gardeners.

Where to place your bonsai? Some can be placed outdoors, depending on the type of tree – common species for bonsai are juniper, pine and spruce, and need to be exposed to the seasons, like their “mature” counterparts. Included are deciduous trees that lose their leaves, and include maple, elms and ginko. Wherever you decide to display one, they don’t like direct sun, so that’s something to keep in mind. Indoor bonsai are generally subtropical species that thrive in stable temperatures throughout the year. These include jade plants, Hawaiian umbrellas, and ficus trees.

So the tools come next. You can buy the cutest miniature tool sets, including special pairs of scissors, miniature rakes and shovels, tweezers – even mini watering cans – it depends how perfectionist you are, but mostly , you can use things you probably already have – an old teaspoon maybe – and like I said before, nail scissors worked for my husband!

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Police union president says Pittsburgh officers’ Taser training ‘one of the best’ News, Sports, Weather, Traffic & Best of Pittsburgh https://rgbonsai.com/police-union-president-says-pittsburgh-officers-taser-training-one-of-the-best-news-sports-weather-traffic-best-of-pittsburgh/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/police-union-president-says-pittsburgh-officers-taser-training-one-of-the-best-news-sports-weather-traffic-best-of-pittsburgh/ Pa. Rep introduces legislation involving malicious use of Apple AirTagsRepresentative John Galloway is expected to formally introduce the legislation soon. 4 hours ago KDKA-TV Morning Forecast (1/25)Get the latest weather updates from meteorologist Ron Smiley! 4 hours ago Activists call for desk duty for officer Robert GowansAn investigation continues into the shooting death of Romir […]]]>

Pa. Rep introduces legislation involving malicious use of Apple AirTagsRepresentative John Galloway is expected to formally introduce the legislation soon.

KDKA-TV Morning Forecast (1/25)Get the latest weather updates from meteorologist Ron Smiley!

Activists call for desk duty for officer Robert GowansAn investigation continues into the shooting death of Romir Talley while Gowans was serving with the Wilkinsburg Police Department, KDKA’s Amy Wadas reports.

SUV hits tree in LawrencevilleOne person was taken to hospital.

Mayor Gainey succeeds in his bet with the mayor of KCGainey donned a Chiefs jersey and sent a barbecue from Pittsburgh to Kansas City

Pa. Popularity of Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program Exceeds Available FundingGovernor Wolf is supporting a call for increased funding for the program.

Ireland Contractual Nightly Sports Call: January 24, 2021 (Pt. 3)KDKA’s Bob Pompeani and 93.7 The Fan’s Andrew Fillipponi discuss the sports topics of the day.

KDKA-TV Night Forecast (1/24)Stay up to date with the local weather with forecasts from meteorologist Ray Petelin!

Flames and smoke billow from a train passing through Beaver CountyNo one was injured after a train burst into flames along the tracks in Beaver County on Monday afternoon; KDKA’s Royce Jones reports.

President Joe Biden visiting Pittsburgh on FridayPresident Joe Biden will travel to Pittsburgh on Friday to highlight his administration’s work on strengthening supply chains and other issues.

Activists want office service for reinstated Penn Hills officer under investigation for shooting deathTempers flared at a Penn Hills council meeting on Monday night after a former Wilkinsburg police officer accused of killing a man was reinstated in the police force; Reporting by KDKA’s Pam Surano.

Brashear high school student charged in fight that sent teen to hospitalA student at Brashear High School is facing charges for an attack that sent a teenager to the hospital.

Crews back up during peak hour snowfallThe snow fell just as the evening rush hour began, creating a mess on the roads everywhere; Reporting by Jennifer Borrasso of KDKA.

Free caregiver trainingThe healthcare industry is in desperate need of more workers, and one of the most in-demand positions is that of a health care aide.

Lawmaker proposes constitutional amendment to privatize liquor storesIt’s been talked about in Harrisburg for decades: Should the state government get out of the liquor business? An Allegheny County state legislator says yes and wants a constitutional amendment to do so; Reporting by Jon Delano of KDKA.

A Closer Look at PUA FraudKDKA’s Andy Sheehan investigates $10 billion missing from the PA unemployment system due to fraud.

Part II: Billions of Unemployment Assistance Dollars Stolen from the State Likely Won’t Be RecoveredTens of billions of dollars left the state and fell into the hands of criminals. KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan confronts Governor Tom Wolf about the inability to stop the bleeding you pay.

KDKA-TV Evening Forecast (1/24)Stay on top of local weather with meteorologist Ray Petelin’s 7-day forecast!

Police search for hit-and-run suspect accused of punching shelter workerWestmoreland County police are on the hunt for a driver accused of hitting a woman; KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports.

State prisons temporarily suspend in-person visitsThere will be no in-person visits to state prisons for a month.

Community helps 30 families who lost apartments in Penn Hills fireResidents of the Penn Hills community and beyond are generously helping 30 families who lost their homes when the Rodi Arms apartments caught fire Saturday morning; Reporting by Jessica Guay of KDKA.

Lawmaker pushes constitutional amendment to remove state from liquor businessA local state representative proposed a constitutional amendment to remove the state of Pennsylvania from the liquor business; Reporting by Jon Delano of KDKA.

Part I: Billions of dollars in unemployment assistance stolen from the state are unlikely to be recoveredWhat if we told you that there’s $10 billion missing from the state’s unemployment compensation system? KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan heard from hundreds of you and went looking for the money.

WHO reports rise of ‘stealth variant’ of OmicronAs the pandemic drags on, a new sub-variant of Omicron begins to appear. The World Health Organization reports that it is on the rise in dozens of countries; Reporting by Chris Hoffman of KDKA.

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Moncton councilor must apologize and undergo training after derogatory comments https://rgbonsai.com/moncton-councilor-must-apologize-and-undergo-training-after-derogatory-comments/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/moncton-councilor-must-apologize-and-undergo-training-after-derogatory-comments/ A Moncton councilor has been ordered to issue a written apology and take a course in people skills after an investigation found he breached the city council’s code of conduct. Moncton councilors voted on the Coun shares. Daniel Bourgeois must take during a meeting on Monday. At issue were Bourgeois’ comments at two of the […]]]>

A Moncton councilor has been ordered to issue a written apology and take a course in people skills after an investigation found he breached the city council’s code of conduct.

Moncton councilors voted on the Coun shares. Daniel Bourgeois must take during a meeting on Monday.

At issue were Bourgeois’ comments at two of the city’s Democracy Building Committee meetings in October, followed by an email he sent to the mayor and council on Oct. 21.

In the email, he called volunteer committee member Carole Chan stupid and attributed things to her that she didn’t say at committee meetings or that were misinterpreted.

He alleged that she said she was only appointed to the committee to ensure women and visible minorities were elected to the council.

The mayor cleared

The content of the email was reported by CBC News last month. A Code of Conduct investigation by an Integrity Commissioner took place into both his conduct and the conduct of Mayor Dawn Arnold.

Arnold forwarded Bourgeois’ email, in which he resigned from the committee, to committee chairman Frank Vandenburg. The investigation found that Arnold did not breach the code by sharing the email.

The investigation revealed that Bourgeois had violated the code.

The Code of Conduct states that counselors should treat each person with dignity, understanding and respect to ensure the work environment is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

Alleged violations may trigger an investigation. Sanctions the council can impose include a letter of reprimand, demanding a public apology, removal from committees, reduction or suspension of wages, and restrictions on access to city facilities or documents.

Council removal is not an option that councilors can impose.

Councilors discussed the findings of the investigation in a closed meeting on December 13 and approved the sanctions in a vote on Monday without debate.

Bourgeois left the council chamber before the vote. He said nothing about the investigation or the sanctions on Monday.

He previously issued a verbal apology at a November 15 council meeting before the investigation was completed.

Chan had previously said she hoped speaking publicly about what happened would raise the bar for expected behavior from officials.

Frank Vandenburg, chair of the Moncton Democracy Improvement Committee, said he was concerned about the counsellor’s behavior. (Shane Magee/CBC)

In a joint statement Monday, committee chairs Frank Vandenburg and Chan said they offered three recommendations to the investigator for possible sanctions.

This included moving beyond a public apology and offering public acknowledgment of the impact the behavior can have on volunteer citizens, especially those from non-majority communities.

Another recommendation related to corrective measures related to the challenges faced by non-majority citizens and the obstacles and risks they face. Finally, they recommended continued measures to ensure the safety of future volunteers so that they do not have similar experiences.

“After reviewing the approved recommendations, [we] look forward to meeting with council to ensure these actions create real change that improves democracy and citizen engagement in Moncton,” Chan and Vandenburg said in the statement Monday.

This was the second code of conduct investigation into the behavior of a Moncton city councilor this year.

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Manitoba is spending $19.5M to increase the number of nursing education spaces by more than 30% https://rgbonsai.com/manitoba-is-spending-19-5m-to-increase-the-number-of-nursing-education-spaces-by-more-than-30/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/manitoba-is-spending-19-5m-to-increase-the-number-of-nursing-education-spaces-by-more-than-30/ The Manitoba government is spending $19.5 million to increase the number of nursing education spaces by more than 30 per cent starting this year, the premier announced Wednesday. There are currently more than 800 nursing spaces in Manitoba at six colleges and universities across the province, but the government says it will add 259 starting […]]]>

The Manitoba government is spending $19.5 million to increase the number of nursing education spaces by more than 30 per cent starting this year, the premier announced Wednesday.

There are currently more than 800 nursing spaces in Manitoba at six colleges and universities across the province, but the government says it will add 259 starting this year as part of its multi-year plan to create 400.

Although the details have not been finalized, the plan is to add:

  • 120 registered nursing spaces at the University of Manitoba.
  • 55 licensed practical nursing spaces through Assiniboine Community College in Portage la Prairie and rotating rural sites.
  • 37 nursing places at the University College of the North, which were announced on Tuesday.
  • 32 registered nursing and registered psychiatric nursing seats at Brandon University.
  • 15 places combined for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing at Université Saint-Boniface.

The plan to create nearly 400 seats was announced in July.

The money announced Wednesday will help universities and colleges invest in equipment, classroom renovations and instructors to support additional seating.

“We know this pandemic has put a strain on our nurses and our health care system,” Premier Heather Stefanson said at a news conference.

“Our government is committed to working closely with our post-secondary institutions to increase the number of nursing spaces across the province to ensure Manitoba has a strong nursing workforce now and in the future. to come up.

Healthcare workers have called on the province to do more to meet their immediate needs as intensive care units are close to capacity and patients are moved from their families to other hospitals for care.

On Monday, the province announced it had asked the federal government for 15 to 30 critical care nurses for a six-week period to meet those immediate needs.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon did not have an update on the status of that request on Wednesday.

“We continue to have discussions with our federal counterparts which will evolve over the next few days, and we will have more to say once these discussions are complete,” Gordon said.

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Online training program on soil quality assessment and land management https://rgbonsai.com/online-training-program-on-soil-quality-assessment-and-land-management/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 06:56:26 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/online-training-program-on-soil-quality-assessment-and-land-management/ Online training program on soil quality assessment and land management The online training program on soil quality assessment and land management will be organized by the National Institute for Environmental Engineering Research from December 14 to 15, 2021. Land, a non-renewable resource, is central to all primary production systems and its contamination has attracted considerable […]]]>
Online training program on soil quality assessment and land management

The online training program on soil quality assessment and land management will be organized by the National Institute for Environmental Engineering Research from December 14 to 15, 2021. Land, a non-renewable resource, is central to all primary production systems and its contamination has attracted considerable public attention. over the past decades.

The objective of the training program:

  • The main objective of the training program is to provide training on soil quality assessment and management of degraded land practices in order to familiarize participants with the interpretation of data relating to soil quality and land use practices. land management to be adopted for the restoration of biodiversity.

  • In order to preserve biodiversity and land productivity, control measures must be taken to achieve sustainable land use and management systems, in order to balance productivity and environmental protection.

Course content :

  • Indian soil categories

  • Collection, conservation and preparation of soil samples for laboratory analysis

  • Soil quality parameters: physical, chemical and biological

  • QA / QC Procedure in Analysis, Accuracy, Precision and Uncertainty Measurement Concepts

  • Preparation of the soil analysis report

  • Regulations for the management of industrial land

  • Land management – I (Case study on ecological restoration of mine spoil landfills)

  • Regional planning – II (Case study on the green corridor for the development of an eco-capital)

  • Land Management – III (Contaminated Site Remediation Case Study)

For further details, please contact:

Event name: Online training program on soil quality assessment and land management
Website: https://www.neeri.res.in/
Dated: December 14-15, 2021

National Research Institute in Environmental Engineering

Address: Nehru Marg, Nagpur 440020 (Maharashtra)
Phone : + 91-712-2249885-88
E-mail: hv_singh@neeri.res.in

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KVK Anjaw launches six-day training for rural youth on duck farming https://rgbonsai.com/kvk-anjaw-launches-six-day-training-for-rural-youth-on-duck-farming/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/kvk-anjaw-launches-six-day-training-for-rural-youth-on-duck-farming/ Duck breeding On Monday, KVK, Anjaw began a “six-day vocational training for rural youth on duck farming”, which was sponsored by the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technical Management. “Farmers can raise ducks for meat or eggs,” said District HA and Veterinary Officer Dr G Singh during the opening ceremony. In the current Anjaw […]]]>
Duck breeding

On Monday, KVK, Anjaw began a “six-day vocational training for rural youth on duck farming”, which was sponsored by the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technical Management.

“Farmers can raise ducks for meat or eggs,” said District HA and Veterinary Officer Dr G Singh during the opening ceremony. In the current Anjaw condition, raising ducks is more profitable than raising chickens because both have better disease resistance and can survive in harsh and humid conditions. “

DIET Principal SK Dey from Khupa encouraged participants to “Step forward to get the information about the less explored duck breeding in Anjaw neighborhood “, while Animal science specialist KVK Dr Santosh Kumar made a presentation on the training program.

Ducks are often cheaper to keep and are more resilient in hot and cold weather, according to Veterinarian Dr. Gedam Ete, in addition to producing larger and more eggs each year. “They lay eggs almost near all year “he noted,” and therefore can be operated as a viable income generation business by the rural unemployed youth of the district. “

At the end of the program, garden pea seeds were provided and agronomist scientist Naveen Khoisam showed how to grow peas.

What is duck farming and is it a profitable business?

Duck breeding is a popular and successful business concept as there are many different breeds of ducks accessible across the world.

Raising them for meat and eggs is simple. Ducks can be reared in the absence of water. Yes, you’re right. Thousands of ducks can be raised without access to water by simply keeping them inside the house, in the same way chickens or other poultry are raised.

Advantages :

Lodging: Ducks ask for cheaper, more simple and simple accommodation. Therefore, setting up a commercial duck breeding business is inexpensive.

Less management: Ducks require less maintenance than other birds because they are hardy. They are incredibly adaptive and can survive in almost any type of habitat.

fresh eggs: Ducks lay eggs at night and in the morning. You can collect their fresh eggs every morning while doing other things for the rest of the day.

Less space: Duck farming takes up less space than others poultry farm companies. They also have a shorter brooding time and produce ducklings faster. Surprisingly, they grow so fast that artificial heat can be applied in just 5-7 days.

They will, however, require a somewhat longer heating period throughout the winter.

Market demand: Locally and globally, duck eggs and meat are in great demand.

Raising ducks is a profitable business that can provide a constant source of income. Many unemployed and educated young people can join this business and earn a lot of money.

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How the Swiss model of vocational training can create jobs for young people in Kenya https://rgbonsai.com/how-the-swiss-model-of-vocational-training-can-create-jobs-for-young-people-in-kenya/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/how-the-swiss-model-of-vocational-training-can-create-jobs-for-young-people-in-kenya/ Ideas & Debate How the Swiss model of vocational training can create jobs for young people in Kenya Wednesday 10 November 2021 National Industrial Training Authority director of industrial training William Mwanza (left) and Hilti Foundation CEO Wallner Werner (center) at the launch of a learning project in Nairobi last month. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA […]]]>

Ideas & Debate

How the Swiss model of vocational training can create jobs for young people in Kenya


National Industrial Training Authority director of industrial training William Mwanza (left) and Hilti Foundation CEO Wallner Werner (center) at the launch of a learning project in Nairobi last month. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

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Summary

  • One of the most important conversations taking place in Kenya right now is about how to create more and better economic opportunities for young Kenyans who have completed their formal education and now want a job.
  • An ambitious new project recently launched by Swisscontact and the Hilti Foundation will explore the potential of the Swiss vocational training model for the Kenyan market.

One of the most important conversations taking place in Kenya right now is about how to create more and better economic opportunities for young Kenyans who have completed their formal education and now want a job.

An ambitious new project recently launched by Swisscontact and the Hilti Foundation will explore the potential of the Swiss vocational training model for the Kenyan market. The first indications are promising.

In education, as in many other fields, nations have an interest in studying what others have done to solve problems similar to those they face. And after such a study, they can then select from among the successful models, a few ideas that can be transplanted to meet the unique challenges of each country.

I think there may be useful lessons for Kenya in how the Swiss apprenticeship system has evolved over the years, to become one of the pillars of our economic success, as well as a mechanism for social inclusion.

Kenya faces a major challenge in creating enough jobs for its young people. Like many countries, Kenya has many highly qualified students but not enough employment opportunities.

One thing Switzerland is well known for is its pragmatism. We Swiss have the advantage of living in a country that constantly seeks the right balance between theory and practice, in order to allow all sections of society to prosper. This characteristic is one of the pillars of the stability of the Swiss political system.

Education and training in Switzerland are also good examples of this pragmatic attitude. Indeed, Switzerland has a flexible and dynamic education system, offering different avenues to young students, taking into account their skills and interests, but also the needs of the economy.

Let me briefly describe how this system works.

In Switzerland, education is administered by the cantons, the equivalent of counties in Kenya, and not by the central government. However, the system is to a large extent harmonized and similar across the country. It cannot in any case be said that a certain canton offers a higher quality of education than others.

Compulsory education generally consists of eight years of primary school and three years of college. Then, when the students are about 15 years old, they can choose between several possibilities. They have two main options.

The first is the classic high school route to continue the general studies course. This option usually leads to university studies. The second option is to do an apprenticeship, which is more practical and aims to allow the student to learn a specific trade, and thus to offer a direct path to a career in this field.

The apprenticeship is said to be alternating because the training takes place both at school and at work. While the work-related part is carried out at the workplace of the company which employs him, the apprentice also continues to follow theoretical training in the classroom.

In a typical example, an apprentice would spend two days a week at school and three days at work.

The five most popular occupations for vocational training are sales clerk, health worker, retail clerk, social worker, and computer technician.

The dual system has two particularities, all the more important as they mark the specificity of the Swiss system and are at the heart of its success.

First, the system is very flexible. The choices of 15-year-olds are not necessarily final, as there are many ways to change course afterwards.

Even if someone does an apprenticeship as an electrician, they still have the option of going to college without having to start all over again. This is crucial, because it takes the pressure off young students to have to make a final choice. It also encourages them to choose the path of learning. Honestly, who among us knew exactly what he wanted to do for the rest of his life at the age of 15?

The second particularity of the Swiss dual system is that apprenticeship is an integral part of the Swiss education system. They are highly regarded in Swiss society and are not seen as the “little sister” of an academic career. This respect is also reflected economically. Apprenticeship offers employment opportunities with good working conditions, including in terms of wages.

And let me stress that the high value attached to vocational training both socially and economically is absolutely crucial for its success.

The value of apprenticeship in Switzerland can be demonstrated statistically. Today, more than two-thirds of Swiss students choose apprenticeship after compulsory schooling instead of traditional high school.

Many high-level businessmen and political leaders in Switzerland are former apprentices. Sergio Ermotti, until recently CEO of UBS, the country’s largest bank, was an apprentice and did not go to high school. The same goes for Ueli Maurer, the Swiss Minister of Finance and President of the country in 2019.

Successful apprenticeship enables young people to acquire practical skills, in addition to general knowledge, and to be ready for the job market. This success is reflected in particular by the fact that Switzerland has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the world.

There is also an added value in the dual apprenticeship program. It can be clearly demonstrated that the economic value of the work performed by apprentices far exceeds the costs of their training.

In short, it means that the system benefits businesses in real terms. Not only in the long term, but even during the very years they are training their apprentices.

Dr Zellweger is the Swiss Ambassador to Kenya

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Beekeeping helps this farmer earn rupees. 3 crores per year; Obtained training from KVK Lucknow, ICAR-IISR https://rgbonsai.com/beekeeping-helps-this-farmer-earn-rupees-3-crores-per-year-obtained-training-from-kvk-lucknow-icar-iisr/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/beekeeping-helps-this-farmer-earn-rupees-3-crores-per-year-obtained-training-from-kvk-lucknow-icar-iisr/ Brajesh Kumar Verma receives the award Beekeeping has now become a profitable source of income for many people across the country. Today we are going to tell you about Brajesh Kumar Verma which earns Rs. 3 crores annually through beekeeping. Mastering his skills in beekeeping, Brajesh, originally from Madarpur village of Kevali, Lucknow was hailed […]]]>
Brajesh Kumar Verma receives the award

Beekeeping has now become a profitable source of income for many people across the country. Today we are going to tell you about Brajesh Kumar Verma which earns Rs. 3 crores annually through beekeeping. Mastering his skills in beekeeping, Brajesh, originally from Madarpur village of Kevali, Lucknow was hailed as the famous beekeeper of the central area of ​​Uttar Pradesh.

Beekeeping, a profitable business

Besides earning a good chunk of his living from beekeeping, he also provides employment for many farmers and rural youth in the area and inspires others to practice the same not only in Uttar Pradesh but also in neighboring states.

Due to economic constraints, Brajesh started cultivating on the parent land of only 0.4 ha. He also tried to get land to rent for farming from his fellow citizens. He learned beekeeping which was promoted by the Ministry of Horticulture, Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1990. To begin with, he consulted literature on beekeeping and visited the ministry in Lucknow with his few. villager where he received a free box bee. Through his hard work and dedication, he managed to buy another 10 boxes of bees in two years thanks to the returns he got from selling the honey.

Later, Brajesh formed a group of beekeepers and registered them as “Abhishek Gramodyog Sansthan” with the Registrar of Government Cooperative Societies. from Uttar Pradesh. In addition to producing honey in large quantities, the Organization established a honey processing unit in Gosaiganj of Lucknow District with the support of the State Government Village Development Department.

The team members collect the raw honey from the different villages, have it processed for high-quality honey production, and then sell it to the various outlets in the state. Brajesh also participated in the well structured training programs / courses which were conducted at KVK, ICAR-Indian Sugar Cane Research Institute, Lucknow. This helped him to acquire knowledge about effective methods for extracting good quality honey from beehives, branding the product and its sale by establishing the various outlets in the state.

After getting good results from on-farm trial conducted by KVK, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow, Brajesh started collecting beekeeping subsidiary products from 2011. Now this KVK technology is adopted not only by he and his team, but several farmers in Lucknow and neighboring districts and states.

Moving bee boxes

It migrates and moves its 600 Bee Boxes all year round in the different States depending on the availability of food for the Bees. The movement and migration of Bee Boxes depends on the availability of crops at the flowering stage with sufficient quantities of Pollen & Nectar.

He started installing bee trays in mustard cultivation in farmers’ fields in Lucknow district from November to February, then migrated to Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Begusarai districts in Bihar for lychee crops, corn and pearl millet from March to September.

Earn crores every year from beekeeping

Seeing his success, many farmers connected with him for honey production, income enhancement and entrepreneurship development through beekeeping. So far, he has trained nearly 6,000 farmers. More than 1,100 beekeepers in Lucknow are directly linked and associated with his organization and produce around 350 tonnes of honey, 150 kg of pollen and 100 kg of propolis. It helps to earn around Rs. 3 crores every year.

The organization sells its products through a trading company known as “Kiran Enterprises” with an FSSAI license. Brajesh has recently started to manufacture the bee boxes, frame, wax sheet, cover (inside and top), etc., with the aim of making beekeeping equipment easily accessible to farmers and rural youth.

Source – KVK, ICAR-Indian Sugar Cane Research Institute, Lucknow

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