Liberia’s Education System Receives a Boost, As UNESCO Pledges Support Liberia’s TVET

first_imgLiberia’s quest to develop its manpower through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) received statements of support from various international organizations over the weekend.Among organizations that pledged supports to Liberia’s TVET program include the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), European Union office in Liberia, and the World Bank.UNESCSO Regional Director, Prof/Dr. Hassana Alidou, made the commitment on behalf of her organization when she spoke at the TVET stakeholders’ forum hosted on Friday, March 14, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports conference room at the S.K.D. Sports Complex in Paynesville.Through their support, Prof/Dr. Alidou believes that the TVET policy would be expected to promote a more effective partnership between secondary schools, TVET centres and in the jobs market.The partnership, she said, would trigger adaptation of school and training programmes to allow youth and adult workers to stay employed and productive.“Within this context, we see the role education and training, especially TVET, as fundamental in building a peaceful and prosperous country. I have no doubt that the Liberia TVET policy can be a vehicle for transformation of the country.”   According to Dr. Alidou, UNESCO is prepared more than ever before to accompany Liberia and provide technical support to the ongoing TVET reform process.Liberia’s quest to develop its manpower through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) received statements of support from various international organizations over the weekend.Among organizations that pledged supports to Liberia’s TVET program include the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), European Union office in Liberia, and the World Bank. UNESCSO Regional Director, Prof/Dr. Hassana Alidou, made the commitment on behalf of her organization when she spoke at the TVET stakeholders’ forum hosted on Friday, March 14, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports conference room at the S.K.D. Sports Complex in Paynesville.Through their support, Prof/Dr. Alidou believes that the TVET policy would be expected to promote a more effective partnership between secondary schools, TVET centres and in the jobs market.The partnership, she said, would trigger adaptation of school and training programmes to allow youth and adult workers to stay employed and productive.“Within this context, we see the role education and training, especially TVET, as fundamental in building a peaceful and prosperous country. I have no doubt that the Liberia TVET policy can be a vehicle for transformation of the country.”   According to Dr. Alidou, UNESCO is prepared more than ever before to accompany Liberia and provide technical support to the ongoing TVET reform process.Veep Boakai, for his part, assured stakeholders of government’s support to provide an enabling environment where young people would get income earning opportunities.Amb. Boakai also urged stakeholders to support the government by taking into considerations youths that are ‘the most vulnerable’ and lack basic skills, opportunities and living in disadvantaged locations, particularly below the poverty line.Amb. Boakai noted that TVET is the key that opens the door to opportunities and believed that when its commission is created, a qualification framework will be developed to make it easy for young people to transition from one level to another.State actors involved with the development and improvement of TVET in the country brainstorm to formulate a national policy to address issues affecting the sector that was designed a year ago.Youth & Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe expressed the need for reforms as regard the country’s TVET program.Minister Nagbe said that the problem associated with the development and improvement were enormous and needed to be tackle urgently.He then pointed out that partnership was needed also to drive TVET reforms. According to him, assessment conducted on TVET institutions in region one (Montserrado, Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu) was alarming to the extent that problems associated with TVET program are indicated.He explained that problems associated with TVET include the lack of standardize curriculum, trained TVET instructors, lack of regime to standardize the sector accreditation, lack of accreditation to institutional its providers, and as well as the lack of appropriate TVET governance structures with various ministries and agencies supervising the activities in the country.The Youth & Sports Minister indicated that 96 percent of instructors of TVET institutions in region one needed the requisite training. He said TVET is important for Liberia because over sixty percent of Liberians are young people and if the country is to develop, the young people must be developed as well.He noted that young people needs to have the requisite training so that they could contribute immensely to the growth and development of the country. He said issues confronting young people were lack of employment skills, and not the lack of employment.The TVET program provides a practical avenue for the acquisition of employment-oriented skills and attitudes. The exercise, accordingly, is to be used as a systematic examination and overhaul of the nation’s technical and vocational systems to position TVET as an effective response to youth employment as required.The major weaknesses of the TVE system in the country are the absence of a comprehensive national TVET policy and legal framework to guide, direct, and oversee skills development. As a result, the TVET delivery system remains fragmented among several government ministries and agencies-notably, Youth and Sports, Education, Health and Agriculture.However, the validation of the National TVET policy among other things formulated the National TVET Commission, which will regulate the TVET sector, standardize a national curriculum, accredit TVET providers, and put in place a national qualification framework to standardize TVET certification regime among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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