MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector of Liberia are calling for a legislation that will make the sector autonomous.
According to the stakeholders, the numerous challenges facing TVET activities in the Country can only be resolved, with the establishment of a legal framework that will coordinate the affairs of the TVET sector.
The stakeholders at a two-day National TVET Policy Review Conference developed a resolution, which calls for the setting up of an Ad-hoc Committee to oversee TVET activities, while the Liberia TVET Commission is being established by law.
They said the lack of political will and financial support to advance the TVET Policy are seriously hindering the growth and development of technical and vocational education in Liberia.
In their resolution, the stakeholders recommended that the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on TVET (IMTF) submit the Draft National TVET Policy to the legislature, to begin the process of discussion on the establishment of the Liberia TEVET Commission (LiTCOM).
It was also recommended that digital technology be included in the TVET policy, and preparedness for emergency situation taking COVID 19 as an example
The resolution also called on TVET institutions to establish contact with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, to enhance collaboration with industries.
Speaking at the closed of the two days conference, Dr. Daniel Baffour Awuah, UNESCO Consultant, appreciated the participants for fully participating and bringing forth important suggestions and proper recommendations for the growth of TVET in Liberia.
Dr. Awuah committed UNESCO to working with the TVET sector in Liberia to make it second to none.
Also speaking the head of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on TVET, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson extended his thanks and support to UNESCO for its continuous support to TVET and other educational programs in Liberia.
Minister Wilson said:” The Inter-Ministerial Task Force (IMTF) strongly believes in the practical and realistic approach to improving the TVET sector of Liberia.”
The two-day National TVET Policy Review Conference held at Bella Casa Hotel, in Sinkor, was supported by UNESCO.
By: Kolubah Zayzay