The Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with the Embassy of China has launched a 45 – day overseas vocational and skills training program at the Monrovia Vocational and Training Center (MVTC) in Monrovia.
The 45 days training is going to be in three phases for the electrical automation, Construction and car repair.Speaking recently at the program, Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor challenged the 100 students that are privileged to be accepted from among thousands and are about to start the technical vocational education and training (TVET) program to take advantage of the opportunities given them.
She says the choice is for the students to either use it as a stepping stone in their march to a secured future or miss the opportunities it provides and thus remain in the seemingly endless cycle of poverty and despair.Meanwhile, Vice President Taylor has encouraged the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) to think about taking training programs out of Monrovia at other vocational schools in other areas.
She argues that if “we waited” for the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) facility to be the only fully functional institution to train all of the young people across the nation, Liberia’s development will remain at a snail pace.
Earlier giving the overview of the training program, Mr. Cai Hon Chang, Shan Dong Foreign Trade Vocational College says the purpose of the training is mainly to improve the level of theoretical knowledge and basic skills in the areas of building design, construction electrical automation and car repair.
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Fu Jijun, says human resources development is also a significant field of china-Liberia collaboration.“I have the pleasure to assure you that in future, China will provide more scholarships and training opportunities to Liberian brothers and sisters and try to do its best for supporting Liberian government and people,” he says.
For his part, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson says, working on the pro-poor agenda to give power to the people is not only about giving jobs to the youth, but also developing them through other skills.According to him, if the program was held in China, only three to four persons would have taken part because of the cost.
But he thanks the Chinese people for letting 100 Liberian to benefit.He says there are over thousand of youth out there that are looking for such opportunity, but 100 of them were chosen.
By Sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley