Sustainable education of the construction sector in Zambia

Carmen Antuña Rozado, Aapo Huovila, Hannele Ahvenniemi

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    EcoLusaka (2013-2015) is a capacity building project funded by the Institutional Cooperation Instrument (ICI) under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA). During the project the Finnish partner, VTT, will strengthen the capacity of the Zambian partner, Thorn Park Construction Training Centre (TPCTC) based in Lusaka, to provide education on sustainable construction and disseminate the results for wider use in the Zambian construction sector. TPCTC is a vocational training institute registered with the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) of Zambia. Its purpose is to educate future workers and also working professionals for the construction sector by providing targeted training courses on artisanal construction skills. The overall objective of EcoLusaka is to increase the supply of qualified workers capable of applying sustainable construction principles in response to the growing demand within the Zambian construction sector. To reach this objective, the main result to be achieved was the development an EcoCurriculum that could be integrated into TPCTC current programme of studies. However, during the project preparation phase it became clear that in order to secure the successful implementation of the Eco Curriculum, the continuation of the actions started during the project and the long-term viability of the impacts of EcoLusaka, a wider strategy was necessary. This paper discusses the main components of the EcoStrategy carried out during EcoLusaka project, as well as a critical evaluation of the outcomes that can be drawn upon by others in further research, training, policy development and project implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSmart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference, SASBE 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSmart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference, SASBE 2015 - Pretoria, South Africa
    Duration: 9 Dec 201511 Dec 2015


    ConferenceSmart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference, SASBE 2015
    Abbreviated titleSASBE 2015
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa


    • sustainable construction
    • capacity building
    • ecoCurriculum
    • sustainable education


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