By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) on Thursday launched the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) alumni network at the Ministry’s conference hall in Bijilo.
The ministry and TVET stakeholders are currently implementing the National TVET Roadmap 2020/2024 which aims to provide mechanisms in addressing challenges through planned activities, institutions, peers, students and wider stakeholders.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training is a type of education and training which provide knowledge and skills for employment. It also uses formal, non-formal and informal learning, as TVET is being recognised to be a crucial vehicle for social equity inclusion and sustainable development.
Isreal D. Aseweje, National TVET Alumni Network president in his remarks said TVET alumni is an umbrella body that is introduced to promote and come up with good policies that would be implemented for the development of the country.
He added that the TVET Alumni is also designed to strengthen good relationship amongst them as well as share ideas and skills.
“Part of our project is mentorship, partnership and supporting the workforce to give back to their various institutions,” he said.
Madi O. Jatta, deputy permanent secretary administration and finance at MoHERST said the role of the ministry is to develop the human capacity stock of the country as prescribed in The Gambia Tertiary and Higher Education Policy 2014/2024 as well as the education sector policy 2016-2030. He disclosed that the blueprint mandates the Ministry to not only develop the skilled human resources but to also provide an enabling environment for structures as alumni to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of TVET.
According to him, scholarships have been awarded to deserving students over the years, adding that the ministry will continue to build the capacity of students.