Being recognized in Liberia is one of our greatest challenges as a three-year-old vocational training center. That changed when Alieu Kemokai, Technical & Administrative Assistant/TVET of Youth & Sports Ministry, presented diplomas at our April 13, 2019, commencement ceremony. Impressed with what he saw, Mr. Kemokai formally invited Kelvin Fomba on July 5th to attend the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Teachers Training Workshop. This five-day workshop ran from July 22 to July 27. It included 50 participates from several vocational training institutes along with staff employed at the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
Kelvin found this workshop invaluable from both the information shared and the connections made. The instructor, a U.S. woman from UNESCO (UN Agency that developed the TVET program), started with reviewing the top four learning styles, moved into developing effective learning plans and core concepts in providing quality TVET training. Additionally, UDS maintains a TVET permit since November 2016.
Also, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) helped facilitate this training. Both UNESCO and UNIDO realized the need for additional support of vocational training organizations in Liberia. They plan to provide advanced training to all the attendees in the future.
Throughout this training, Kelvin noticed some of his peers lacked computer knowledge. At the closing program, Kelvin offered six scholarships to instructors to attend our computer course. The Deputy Minister of TVET, Peter Bemah, commended Kelvin’s effort and stressed the importance of helping each other.
Now that Kelvin completed this training, he will be holding a workshop with our instructors next month. His workshop will provide the information he learned and discuss how to implement it into our program.