The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. D. Zeogar Wilson on June 30, 2018 spoke at the 89th founding anniversary of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Technical Vocational Education and Training is an important part in revamping Liberia’s employment sector and making the Pro-Poor agenda, and the great vision of our beloved president his Excellency Ambassador George M. Weah has for the youths of this country especially those youths forgotten about.
These numerous challenges that the country is faced with, TVET program remains an important part in making the Pro-Poor agenda work because with the technical training given to our young people hands on jobs, employment, cooperatives and several other employments will flow.
Our president his Excellency Dr. George M. Weah encourages the deepening or relationship with the private sector, cooperation with our TVET institutions and business enterprises which is an important guarantee for the development of TVET institutions in our country and ensure the achievement of our national TVET objectives, recently a 20 million euro grant was signed between the government of Liberia and the European Union for the TVET sector, we believe that in addition to public funding this agreement provides an opportunity for a reform TVET sector teachers, students, institutions assistance.
The Booker Washington Institute occupied an enviable position of being the nation preeminent TVET institution in our country history and it has a huge role to play in providing solution to the many employment and self-employment challenges the country is faced with amongst the youths and the population in general.
He added that the government Pro-Poor Agenda reflects a commitment to policy and program that place the poor center in the prioritization of national policy formulation and resource allocation, it seeks to mitigate inequalities, advance income and employment for the poor and for marginalized sector of our society.
He further lamented that the Pro-Poor agenda is based on the four pillars on the CDC manifesto, the link between education and poverty reduction thoroughly documented more importantly, the essence of TVET to employability and the centrality of a technologically illiterate population to the nation ability to solve problem and in term develop its development challenges to enhance proper employability are all in the Pro-Poor package.
Minister Wilson also said the partners and fellow advocates for this TVET cause, government remain steadfastly committed to the cause of Technical Vocational Education and Training in Liberia, the Pro-Poor agenda is committed to solving the youth unemployment challenge by providing skill to young people through TVET.
With the help of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) we are standardizing TVET curriculum, we are seeking the reduction for TVET students by ensuring that teachers who are not on government payroll are put on, we are targeting and developing entrepreneurship and business development skills training, we will ensure capacity building and development for institutional staffs through the European Union (EU) agreement, we will equip out TVET institutions with basic training tools in this light we seek to skill up our agriculture training at Klay agriculture training center Bomi County and Tumutu agriculture training center Bong County respectively.
Working in partnership with other organizations with the capacity to assist we are committed to reaching out to At Risk Youths (Zogos) preparing them through the TVET system, the Pro-Poor agenda is committed to develop young Liberians to become entrepreneurs by availing business opportunities and trainings we will target young entrepreneurs in a formal economy to mean stream them into the formal economy by means of expanding government revenue.
In a related development, the Principal and CEO Mr. Harris Fomba Tarnue said Booker T. Washington Agriculture Industrial Institution (BWI) is 89 years in 2018 and continue fulfilling the dream of the founding father President Charles Dumba Burgess King, the Phelps Stokes Sisters, the Methodist in the USA and others, thus providing a significant part of the solution to the national shortage of trained middle level technicians, aspiring engineers, agriculturist and business men and women.
As we continue in the path of our founding fathers’ out reaching goals of championing national development through training of the nation’s youth, we mark this 89th anniversary under the theme; “ENABLING THE PRO-POOR AGENDA THROUGH SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING TVET”. It is our call to all Liberians, especially the youth who are our current and future Nation builders, to commit themselves to adequate preparation and requisite education and training in TVET in other to make our country stronger and vibrant.