Government Of Liberia and Partners Launched Five Years TVET Youth Rising Project For 6 Counties

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The government of Liberia and development partners Tuesday launched the youth rising project.

The five years project will amongst other things build the technical skills and capacity of young people as well as teachers in six Counties.
The 20 million euros project sponsored by the European union will put smiles on the faces of young people in Montserrado,Grand Gedeh, Sinoe,Lofa, Margibi and Lofa Counties.

Representing President George Weah at the occasion to deliver a special message was youth and sports minister D.Zeogar Wilson who underscored the need for the establishment of a technical vocational commission in Liberia.

He historicized that the sector over the period had numerous challenges but with the focus of this government on empowering the young people,terming it as a new day has come for the youth of Liberia.

Minister Wilson at the same time calls for more support and concerted efforts to improve the sector.
Also speaking at the program was the charge d’ affairs of the European Union Juan Antonio Frutos who pledged the EU’s support to empowering the young people of Liberia in the area of TVET.

He said the project as part of its plan will help meet the high level pro poor agenda for prosperity and development goals.

He wants the young people of this nation to take advantage of the opportunity to better their lives.

The European union diplomat said TVET is one of the key factors to boost economic development in Liberia,together with a conducive environment to do business in this Country.

Speaking at the launch of the youth rising project Mr. Frutos told the gathering that practical skills which are in demand on the Labour market will help unlock employment opportunities for the young people,but also offer them the chance to become entrepreneurs themselves.

Meanwhile the initiative which is in fulfillment of pillar one of the PAPD will last for five years as beneficiaries are expected to be trained in modern and up to date international TVET courses.

UNIDO’s industrial officer Stavros Papastavrou giving an over view of the project said about 1500 young people will benefit under the provision of the Labour and income generating programs as far as the project is concern.

Statistics has proven that over 70 percent of Liberians under the age of 35,which is in itself a great strength for the development of the Country but young people are also exposed to high levels of unemployment,underemployment and vulnerable employment,noted Juan.

At the same time the chair on Education at the Liberian Senate Dallas Gueh pledge to lobby with his colleagues to ensure that they help increase the budget on Education to atmost 20% which he noted is a good start for the sector.

He re-echoed the need to further strength other aspects of the sector if it should function properly.