The minister of
Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Badara A. Joof, has hailed
Hon. Ousman Sillah, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul South being
proactive bringing back Crab Island High School to live.
Mr. Joof was speaking on Wednesday during a daylong Industry Consultation Forum aimed to revive the Crab Island School where many people had passed through.
The forum which is funded by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with Youth Employment Project (YEP) aims to engage industry operators as part of the Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) study to address the growing problem of youth unemployment and underemployment.
Mr. Joof further said that a school like Crab Island should not be allowed to die down like that. “A school that one had the pedigree, expertise and the experience and you see it sliding into some sort of desolation is heartbreaking,” he said
He also went on to thank the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) for applying some perspective thinking in terms of reviving Crab Island and also elevating it into technical high school, adding that this is in line with the policy of his ministry
According to him, his aim has long been to turnaround 65% education policy into science and technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mohammed B.S. Jallow, permanent secretary, MoBSE, said that the Ministry of Higher education is the home for technical and vocational education, adding that their ministry is very glad to be part of this initiative.
According to him, in other countries where vocational education has succeeded, it is seen as a real option, citing Germany as example. He said that Germany‘s curriculum for vocational training requires excellence in mathematics.
Modou Touray, Youth Employment Project coordinator, expressed delight for the partnership.
According to him, their aim was to create opportunity and self-employment for the young people through skills development and entrepreneurship.
Hon. Ousman Sillah, the NAM for Banjul North, who also doubles as the initiator of the project, said that this initiative was as a result of a promise made during his election campaign regarding Crab Island – the facility that had trained so many people who are now playing important role in the society.
He added that after contacting the Education Ministry regarding the facility, they feel it should continue to serve as a center of learning.