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Sierra Leone News: Technical education gets boost from GIZ/EU

GIZ officials with their partners during the launch

GIZ officials with their partners during the launch

German NGO GIZ with their partners launched the project advisory and coordination committee for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) project on Monday 4 December 2017.
TVET is a three-year project funded by the European Union. The project will focus on building and improving the Technical Vocational Education sector in Sierra Leone.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education said they need more projects like TVET to support the rebranding process of the educational system. In his concluding statement he said that the ministry of education is ready and prepared to support the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) project.
The education sector is riddled with problems resulting in a very poor quality of education for children of this country. Children don’t learn the basics and grow up into illiterate adults, unable to contribute substantially in the development of the country. Several generations of young people have missed out on quality education and are unable to continue to university or even tertiary institutions.
A representative from the European Union said that education is paramount for Sierra Leone and the EU is willing to support the TVET project to help empower Sierra Leoneans youths. The backbone for any developed country are the youth so the TVET project will focus on developing the youth with technical skills that will help them find employment.
According to the EU representative the TVET project will also conduct professional training for teachers and also provide technical education centres in different parts of the country. The success of this project depends on the commitment of all partners and all government ministries to the project. This project will improve the technical education and make it more attractive just like a university education. Many students want to attend university but don’t have the marks or the university is full. So, even after struggling to pay and write the WAEC exam, young people are stuck.
The German Ambassador to Sierra Leone said that he is very happy to work actively to help improve the technical educational system in Sierra Leone because this will bring more development to the country. According to the German Ambassador, technical education is key to national development but if we only improve the technical vocational education without bringing companies to employ those students coming from this vocational training, the project will not succeed.
Finally the country director of GIZ Sierra Leone said that GIZ has been supporting different technical education projects with the aim of improving the technical skills. According to him, Sierra Leone has companies that will employ technical skill students, the country just need to improve those companies so that employment facilities will be created for technical people.
AT/5/12/17
Wednesday December 06, 2017.

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