Stakeholders hold forum on TVET project

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology (MoHERST), in collaboration with UNESCO/NATCOM, and the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA), recently held a daylong forum on the Technical Vocational and Education Training project, funded by UNESCO at a tune of $26, 000.

The TVET project is part of 5 projects approved by UNESCO for The Gambia, aiming at the establishment of a Technical Vocational and Education Training information system in The Gambia to enhance youth transition and skill building for work and life.

Speaking at the forum held at the NAQAA Office conference hall in Kanifing, Lamin Jarju, senior programme officer at UNESCO, explained that the participation programme was part of 5 others project that had been approved by UNESCO for The Gambia.

He said the aim of establishing TVET information system in The Gambia was to enhance youth transition and skill building for work and life.

He expressed gratitude to UNESCO for approving the project to the tune of $26,000, emphasising that the project was part of the 5 others that was being implemented in The Gambia by UNESCO.

Mr Jarju described the move as a step in the right direction, noting that in terms of research, a lot of people have been complaining for lack of information about institutions, education and data on The Gambia skill and education stock.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lamin B. Manneh, Director of the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA), stressed that the ministry and NAQAA with partners are embarking on a lot of reform in the tertiary and higher education sectors in order to successfully implement their programme for easy transition from one level to another and to the university level.   

He called on the participants at the forum to make the best use of the forum and help them to harmonise their policy in order to produce a very good document that would be used in the education institutions to make life easier for all.

For his part, Yusupha Touray, Director of Planning at MoHERST, thanked UNESCO for their consideration to have the Gambia participate in such a very important programme which would go a long way in ensuring quality delivery in TVET Education system.