Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor has been speaking about the importance of technical vocational education and Training (TVET) in Liberia, while recounting her support to the Tumutu Agriculture Vocation Training center (TAVTC) in Bong County.
According to VP Howard-Taylor, vocational education or training, which is mostly about making use of the skills for practical applications, is critical to the pro-poor agenda of President George M. Weah.
Pillar one of the CDC’s “Change for Hope” Agenda, focuses on, among other things, education and training and the empowerment of the youthful population across the country.
The Liberian Vice President said in furtherance of this commitment by the CDC, she has embarked on the massive support of the Tumutu Agriculture Vocation Training Center, beginning with the allocation of US 450,000 and US$400.000 in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 budget respectively which was done through her instrumentality while serving as Senator.
VP Howard-Taylor according to a release from the office of the Vice President, explained that she is currently engaging the Chinese Ambassador accredited near this Capital for the extension of the bamboo furniture program as well as providing support to the Center in the form of modern agriculture equipment.
She also assured authorities of the vocational Center of plans to provide short term training programs in India for some of Tumutu’s staff members.
The comments of the VP were contained in a special statement delivered on her behalf by the Chief of Office Staff in the office of the Vice President, Mr. George T. Nimely, at the stakeholders meeting for the reopening of the TAVTC held over the weekend.
Mr. Nimely, the release noted, quoted the Vice President as welcoming her recognition by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the role she continues to play in the support of the young people through technical vocational training institutions across the country.
TAVTC is one of the training arms of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and is the one strategically located in Bong County in Central Liberia. It currently serves as a training hub of shared cultural values for young people from diverse backgrounds.