20 December 2012

Liberia: GOL Urged Invest More in Technical, Vocational Education Training

The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Education, has been urged to invest more in the area of technical and vocational education training (TVET).

Speaking at the program marking first graduation of the first batch of trainees in the afternoon training session of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), the Training Manager at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Mr. Marvin Davis, stressed the need for government to also focus its attention to TVET.

According to Mr. Davis, TVET is an essential tool to the rebuilding process of Liberia. "We need technicians to rebuild this country. We need the people who will put on our lights, people who will construct our roads, people who will build our houses and so on," Mr. Davis pointed out.

"It's not all about degrees in Sociology or Public Administration. We all can't be doctors, but some of us can be masons, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, tailors or seam tresses, and so technical and vocational skills also matter. I want to use this opportunity to call on government to increase the budget for TVET," he noted.

Speaking further, Mr. Davis urged the graduates to use the knowledge acquired to contribute meaningfully to the development of their country. He said Liberia will not climb the next level unless its people are willing to give back to their country. "I want to let you know that you still owe this institution, you owe your community and over all, you owe your country. I urged you to give back to Liberia the knowledge acquired," he added.

For his part, the Deputy Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Sam E. Hare Jr., called on the graduates to exhibit good characters at their future places of work. He said the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports will put in a tracking system to ensure that youth graduating from these TVET programs are not wasted, but become productive citizens in society.

Commenting on the prioritization of TVET, he said the government has projected a good amount for TVET programs in the across the country in the US$15M allocated for youth development in the country's national budget.

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