A member of the Board of Governors of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) yesterday underscored the importance of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) when he commissioned the newly installed 350KVA generator he donated to the institute.
Before commissioning the power house, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings told the gathering that if Liberia is to develop to reach its full potential as other developed nations, TVET must be a major priority component of the country’s national development agenda.
TVET, he said, “is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work including apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, and occupational education.”
He said if the urgent and compelling need for Liberia’s TVET is fully prioritized, the country will experience rapid growth and development following years of civil crisis.
Mr. Cummings, a businessman now turned politician, and the standard bearer of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), said BWI, as the premier vocational education institute in Liberia, deserves the needed support that will enable it to provide quality vocational training that the students require in order for them to in turn provide quality services to the country after their graduation.
Mr. Cummings donated the 350 KVA generator which he purchased at his own expense to BWI.
He was appointed as a Board Member of the reconstituted Board of Governors of the BWI in early March, on which the publisher of the Daily Observer, and an alumnus of the school, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, serves as Chairman.
Mr. Cummings, during a previous visit following his appointment as a member of the Board of Governors of BWI, inquired from the Principal, Harris Fomba Tarnue, what the immediate priority need of the institute was. Mr. Tarnue responded that the lack of a generator to supply electricity on the campus was serious as it was hampering the learning process.
Referencing that electricity was essential to life’s necessities, Mr. Cummings then donated a brand new 350KVA generator to the delight of the BWI administration, as well as the student body.
BWI Principal Tarnue, on receiving the generator, said he was deeply gratified for Mr. Cummings’ timely intervention to take the BWI from “darkness to light.”
Principal Tarnue commended Mr. Cummings for helping to bridge the electricity gap the school was faced with, noting, “BWI looks forward to engaging Mr. Cummings and other members of the Board of Governors, to ensure that the institute becomes a center of academic excellence.”
Mr. Cummings is a businessman and philanthropist, renowned internationally as a global corporate executive with over 30 years of leadership, demonstrated achievement and wealth creation.