The Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone( EFSL) in collaboration with its partners on Wednesday 27 November 2019, engaged stakeholders at Atlantic hall to rebrand the image of Technical Vocation and Education Training ( TVET) under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Project (YEEP). The YEEP project which aimed to increase employment rate for youth and also small and Medium Enterprises in Sierra Leone , targeting to train 2700 youths cross the length and breadth of Sierra Leone in various technical skills, and also focusing on rebranding the image of TVET. According to the Chief Executive Officer of EFSL Revered Jonathan Titus Williams that since the formal launched of the TVET campaign in February 2019 , they believed that they need to work extremely hard to change the narrative surrounding TVET in the country , noting that ” this campaign will yield the desire result .” Over the years TVET has been neglected , with little or no attention pay to it. And if a country is to developed, TVET is one of the driving forces, and must be given premium. According to the Deputy Director in the TVET Directorate Abdul A. Senessie that their focus as a ministry is to promote TVET education in Sierra Leone. He added that a nation will not thrive without human capacity building. ” And we need to change the negative mentality around TVET as a nation.” In his statement the Chairman for TVET Coalition Christopher John Forster said ” TVET image in Sierra Leone is not good”. We need to change the narrative in order to attract young people into technical training, which will be of great benefit to them and the country.”
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According to the representative of NCTVA Albert Sheku that 70 technical institutions are registered with them out of over 300 technical training centres in the country. He mentioned that the number of students going for the NCTVA exams has dwindled over the years , and appealed for students to focus on NCTVA courses. Representative from the Youth Commission , noted that the Project is very timely ,taking into Cognisance the mismatch in the education sector in Sierra Leone He said they are about to sign an MOU with the ministry of Technical and Higher Education in order to promote such a project. Giving an overview of the YEEP project , Joseph Kpakiwa said the project is a $2.4 million USD , which was signed between the Africa Development Bank and the Government of Sierra Leone in 2016. Joseph said it is a three years project , which should have ended in 2019, but due to some technical reasons, the project started in 2018 , under three components, skill development and training , career guidance and entrepreneurship development. Lattanzio is the consultant that was hired for the project.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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