Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: Lonestar Cell MTN Brand Manager Raps On Human Resources Management

The Brand Manager of LoneStar Cell MTN has said the management of human resources entails creating an environment in which people can develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accordance with their needs and interests.

Mr. Garrison W. Barh stated that the most viable option in managing the human resource is the development of the human intellect; making the individual very sound "upstairs" and more relevant to the needs of the contemporary world. According to Barh, Technical and vocational education (TVE) is an integral part of national development strategies in many other societies around the world because of its impact on productivity and economic development.

He spoke on Saturday, January 26, 2013 when he delivered a speech at the Induction Ceremony of the Student Council Government of Conduit of Potentials Vocational School, Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Speaking briefly on the theme, "Liberia's Transformation Agenda: The Role of Technical and Vocation Education and Training, the Brand Manager of LoneStar Cell MTN, said: "The leaders of Liberia have not given this aspect of education the attention it deserves. And that is one of the reasons for the nation's underdevelopment."

According to him, Technical and vocational education holds the key to national development. He explained that Technical education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.

He further explained that vocational education and training prepares learners for careers that are based in manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic and totally related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.

"In other words, it is an education designed to develop occupational skills. Vocational and technical education gives individuals the skills to live, learn and work as a productive citizen in a global society. Technical and vocational education and training raise the productivity of workers and increase their earnings throughout their lifetime. Upgrading workers' skills would improve their productivity and advance their values and voices on the job," Mr. Barh among other things added. See page 6 for the full text of Mr. Barh's speech.

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