At least ten Ghanaian vocational teachers are scheduled to arrive in Liberia in September this year as part of a project to help build the capacity of Liberian technical and vocational teachers.
The project, named JUMPSTART, is part of a Tripartite Arrangement between the governments of Ghana and Liberia on the one side and UNESCO on the other.
The JUMPSTAR project will focus on training about 400 TVET teachers from four regions in Liberia in the areas of Adult Learning, Curriculum Development, Learner Assessment and Quality Assurance.
Following a meeting with her Ghanaian counterpart John Mahama, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended the government and people of Ghana for their “practical support to the development of Liberian youths through technical skills development.” The Liberia leader said cooperation in such areas as education between the two countries is indicative of the possibilities that can be achieved when ECOWAS countries cooperate.
For his part, President Mahama said Ghana and Liberia must continue to work together in capacity development and transfer of knowledge and experience. He cited the historic bonds between the two countries, adding that Liberia and Ghana share a lot of similarities.
The TVET JUMPSTART project is derived from the National Policy on Technical & Vocational Education (TVET) and will expand to utilizing trainers from other African countries. Local TVET experts will also be hired to conduct training of the teachers alongside the foreign expatriates.