26 February 2013

Liberia: Nation-Wide TVET Capacity Assessment Training Gets Underway

The Government of Liberia (GOL) will today, Tuesday, February 26 begin the training of several data collectors to conduct a national institutions capacity assessment of existing Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills development institutions nation-wide.

The training and assessment exercises will be carried out on a regional basis, with the country divided into four regions.

Region one comprises of Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties; Region two includes: Margibi, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties; Lofa, Nimba and Bong Counties make up Region three, while Grand Gedeh, Rivergee, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland Counties constitute Region four.

The first training session, to be conducted from February 26 - 27, will take place in the conference room of the Liberia Red Cross Guesthouse in Tubmanburg, Bomi County for data collectors responsible for region one. The data collection will begin a day after the end of the training exercise.

The training and data collection programs are being organized by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), with funding from the Government of Liberia (GOL) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The objective of the training is to enable participants to effectively conduct the nation-wide assessment on behalf of the Liberian Government. The data gathered will produce baseline statistics and other relevant information for decision-making at all levels relative to priority capacity gaps, weakness and strengths.

This exercise is also intended to assess the number and quality of available human resources, quality and quantity of instructional materials, curricula, number and quality of equipment, logistics and quality of infrastructure, among others.

The result of the study will also be used to formulate a National Comprehensive Capacity Development Strategy for Liberia.

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