BY: ALOYSIOUS T. GBONDO
The Minister of Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson admonish the newly accepted of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center MVTC to be focus and build up their capacity through Vocational Training as learning is the best way forward and constructive engagement is the best way.
Speaking Monday October 1, 2018, at the orientation of over 1,800 enrolled students of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), trainees are up to 90% high school graduates comprise of gross youthful population.
Additionally, Minister D. Zeogar Wilson also cautioned new students of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) to do away from all acts of violence that could undermine their training process.
Minister Wilson urged the new batch of students to learn how to resolve their issues through dialogue rather than demonstrations.
Situated on the Somalia Drive in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, MVTC is a government-run vocational training institute through the Ministry of Youth and Sports that trains young people in Liberia to work in a modern society through acquired vocational skills.
He said amidst the many difficulties, students must take courage by taking their training very seriously to fit in the infrastructure development of Liberia.
“Some of your friends are not thinking the way you are thinking. This is a wise decision you have made and so you must take your education very seriously,” said the MYS boss.
“There will always be difficulties but let determination be your inspiration. Be determined, be courageous and resilient. Respect your colleagues, and your instructional staffs. I want to advise you against demonstration or all forms of violence that may derail your training,” Minister Wilson cautioned.
“We must always dialogue because it's through dialogue we can have the best solutions to our problems. Exercise your Constitutional responsibility of free speech but let's use the dialogue method to resolve issues. Through talking, we can resolve a lot of our problems here. No suggestion is bad. We must be tolerant of each other,” he continued.
Minister Wilson disclosed that the government is working out modalities to reduce tuition at vocational institutions including MVTC.
According to him, the recent U$20M grant by the European Union (EU) for the development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program will also benefit students at the MVTC.
“This class starts at the right time because it comes amid the signing of the EU US$20 million grant that will also benefit Monrovia Vocational training Center MVTC as well. We also want to promote gender balance in TVET and so I want to encourage our young girls to take advantage of this program. We want you to challenge the men,” he urged.
The Minister then called on students not to slip by the road side due to financial difficulties.
“I don't want any of you dropping because of lack of tuition. Just deal with the administration if there is an issue of such, and there will be an arrangement for a good payment plan. I hope we can have a very good year. The President takes education very seriously, he takes TVET very seriously and he takes youth empowerment very seriously,” he added.
In a related development, Mr. Peter S. Bemah, Deputy Minister for TVET at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said recent assertion by President George Manneh Weah at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly is a clear testament that he (Weah) attaches great values to TVET.
He said as part of its core responsibilities, the MYS through its TVET Department will do all it can to ensure that the dreams and mandates of the President are realized by placing serious emphasis on youth empowerment through TVET.
“We will ensure that the MVTC becomes the hub for the training of young people across Liberia. We will make this place a training center that will empower young people for the future development of this country,” Minister Bemah said.
Giving an overview of the 12th Class, which is the first under the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the Assistant Director for Training at MVTC, Mr. Stanley Karmo II, stated that males’ enrollment accounts for 92.2 percent, while females’ enrollment accounts for 7.8 percent.
Unlike previous years, the training director disclosed that up to 90 percent of the new batch of students is high school graduates.