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GOL lauds China for support

Chinese and Liberian government officials and students of KAVTC

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports lauds the Government and People of China (PRC) for continual support to the developmental drive of Liberia.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Peter S. Bemah, says China’s continued support is in line with the “Pro-Poor” Agenda of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government of President George Manneh Weah.

He made the commendation recently at the official reopening of the Klay Agriculture and Vocational Training and Recreational Center (KATVC) in Klay District, Bomi County.

KAVTC was once operated by the Ministry of Labor, Youth and Sports but suffered serious damages during the 14-year civil war in Liberia. However, it was restored by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2012.

But the school had been shut down for two years now, before it was again officially reopened on Monday.“I want to thank the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China for its continued support to our development, especially in the area of training,” says Bemah.

He also recommits the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ renewed vigor in building the capacity of Liberian youth, adding the Ministry strides to build the capacity of youth, and considers agriculture as one of the key areas.The deputy Minister urges students to take the training program very seriously for the betterment of Liberia.

Assistant Minister for TVET, Mallias Z. Sheriff, recounts the many benefits and opportunities from China to Liberia, saying “Chinese are not cosmetic partners”, but they are partners who believe in tangibles.“I want to urge you; the students, to remain focused. If this nation is to progress, there must be agricultural revolution and the youth must be the pace setters of this.”

In remarks, the Director of the China-Aid Liberia Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technical Assistance Project, Nie Yongdou, says the six-month program is of great significance to the future development of youth, especially youth in the western region of the country.

He discloses that the program will train students in bio gas production and vegetables planting, among others.Sheriff reveals that top performing students will be afforded opportunity to pursue further studies in China.

–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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