Deputy Minister for Administration

Deputy Minister for Administration
Audrain
R. S.
Forbes
ausmith1969@yahoo.com

Ms. Audrian Reuby Smith-Forbes Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Social work professional with a solid track record — comes with a rare combination of ability, knowledge, experience, vision, drive, requisite credentials. Born on February 15, 1969, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to James Henrique Smith and Rachel L. Hill, both of Grand Bassa County, Audrian obtained her primary, elementary and junior high school education from some of Monrovia’s well-known foundational education institutions including the DEMONSTRATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ST. THERESA’S CONVENT SCHOOL, and COLLEGE OF WEST AFRICA (CWA) from which she matriculated to the United States.

FURTHER EDUCATION

After graduating from NEW DORP HIGH SCHOOL on Staten Island, New York, USA, Audrian Reuby Smith-Forbes advanced her studies at the following New York City area institutions of her learning:

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Master of Social Work (MSW) — NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (New York City, New York, USA)

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Graduate Studies in Public Administration — ROBERT WAGNER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (New York City, New York, USA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology — THE COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND (Staten Island, New York, USA)

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Associate Degree in Liberal Arts — BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (New York City, New York, USA)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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Director General for Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) — LIBERIAN MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS (Monrovia, Liberia) …where, for over five years, she spearheaded, developed and reshaped career-tech programs and instruction at five government-operated technical-vocational schools within Greater Monrovia, with a ripple effect across Liberia’s leeward counties.

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Extensive Senior-Level Human Services/Social Work Engagement in America — involving management and direct services to children, youth and their families throughout New York City and environs, including young victims of homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, adoption and foster care issues.

COMMENDATION

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The transforming and empowering impact Madam Audrian Reuby Smith-Forbes has had, and will continue to have, on the youth culture in Liberia has not gone unnoticed. Former Liberian Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, has underscored the significance and enormous benefit of the newly developed TVET curriculum to Liberian schools. Addressing the 38th General Conference of UNESCO — on the theme “Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — Honorable Nagbe is quoted as saying:

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“With huge unemployment among young people largely due to lack of formal education and vocational skills, and high unemployment rates in Liberia in general, it is a national imperative to provide technical skills for the job market. A well-structured technical and vocational education program, that is aligned with addressing the current demand on the job market, is more than desired and welcomed.” — LINA (Liberia Information & News Agency, 2016)

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The then outgoing Liberian Minister of Youth and Sport minced no words in informing his global colleagues that the Liberian Educational System previously had no TVET policy, curriculum, capacity nor trained teachers. Today, he concluded, Liberia has all these amenities in place with a TVET complex under construction, so as to ensure career-tech education and workforce preparation for all Liberians.

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As Liberia’s most recent Director General for Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Madam Smith-Forbes is credited with creating a first-rate career-tech education curriculum that will greatly enhance workforce preparation throughout Liberia.