5 February 2013

Liberia: Skive Ends Training Workshop

The Sandy Kennedy Institute for Vocational Education (SKIVE) has successfully completed a one day training workshop in Monrovia for teachers of various disciplines in drafting, journalism, business management and mechanics among others.

In his presentation on the topic "The Importance of Choosing Vocational Education as a Life Career for Economic Empowerment" the head of the department of Public Administration and Political Science, AME Zion University, Dr. Felix Adesina, said education is not only by intellect or the mind, but by both the head and heart. Vocation, according to him, is whereby persons learn how to use the mind, the heart-comprehension and the hand which have to do with technology.

Nobody, the Prof said can transfer technology to someone else because man is a colossal master of history. Vocational schools in Liberia, he disclosed, dated from the 18th century at the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County, but because of poor policy and planning, Liberia

cannot actualize the hands (technology) in order to be independent.

Also speaking, the Founder of SKIVE, Rev. Kennedy Gibley Sandy, said the purpose of such exercise is to strengthen the capacity of teachers.

According to him, the 14 years of civil war has increased poverty and caused more vulnerable children thereby causing high rate of prostitution with carriers of HIV/AIDS.

He promised to decentralize the SKIVE program in the country.

To him, the best way for a teacher to fall is for him to fall in love with a student.

In his presentation, Mr. Elies Shoniyin who dwell on financial management and administrative functions outlined that such initiatives such as open communication, team work, inclusive decision, charity enhance relationship between the boss and the under man.

In closing, the Director of IOAH, Rev. Mother Eugenia V. Sandy, said teachers need to be comfortable with students as they should do among themselves or else these will be problem.

Rev. Mother Sandy, thanked participants for been part of the program especially Mr. Peter Dolobah, Rev. Kennedy G. Sandy, Lawrence Roberts, Sheela Rev. Alosius Wolo and others.

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