As planned, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) today, June 13, commenced the opening exercises of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) for its 2016/2017 training cycle.
Monday, 13th June 2016
MASSIVE TURNOUT AT MVTC ORIENTATION As planned, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) today, June 13, commenced the opening exercises of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) for its 2016/2017 training cycle. The activities kicked off with a massive turnout of excited students, sharing fun, and exchanging pleasantries with one another; their instructors, administrators, as well senior and junior officials of the ministry – also in full attendance at the center. The students became more enthusiastic, during a brief indoor program that followed, when they heard assurances from MYS officials, including Minister Saah Charles N’Tow, that all was on course to begin their training shortly – punctuating the declarations with rounds of applause. Min. N’Tow used the occasion to thank President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf for fully supporting the re-opening of the school, which had been closed for some time, due mainly to budgetary constraints. He described the students as rough “diamonds which need to be polished to gain more value”, noting that MVTC is in the position to do the polishing. “You are like diamonds covered with dust. The dust you have is the dust of patience, the dust of trade...,” the MYS boss told the listening students. “The more you learn, the more you stand a chance to shine. I want you to recognize the dust that has covered your success, because here, at MVTC, we (the center), want to make you shine, we want to make sure you come and enjoy the benefits of the true diamonds you are.” He continued: “The success of this school rests on every one of us – the students and the administration. In that line, we (MYS) were able to recruit new teachers and you are supposed to do your part to make sure we succeed.” Earlier, Deputy Minister for Youth Development Lance Gbagonyon commended the acting student leadership of MVTC for their positive engagement with the ministry, during their advocacy for reopening of the school. Gbagonyon urged the leadership to continue the constructive advocacy, not only with authority of the center, but also with their fellow pupils in addressing issues that may arise on the campus. The newly appointed Deputy Minister for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Rufus D. Neufville, told the audience he was going through an orientation himself, because he was recently appointed “by the president to provide support and follow instructions from Minister Saah Charles N’Tow, which is my first assignment.” The (MVTC) orientation makes me to see serious faces that will rebuild Liberia, and I am overwhelmed to be a part of this (MYS) team; you will see me most of the time..., Neufville promised. He told the students: “My teacher told me a long time ago that there are three things that constitute a good student – one, follow instructions, two, follow instructions and three, follow instructions.” The opening exercises end on June 24, while the training cycle begins on July 7.