Madam Florence Geegbae Dukuly, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of Liberia Human Resource Development Incorporated (LHRDI) has stressed the need for the government and private sector to prioritize Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), a form of education that provides knowledge and skills for employment. It also uses formal, non-formal and informal learning, but is recognized to be a crucial vehicle for social equity, inclusion and sustainable development.
Madam Dukuly spoke during the second graduation ceremony of the Better Tomorrow Home Arts and Cosmetology School at the Mount Zion Intercessory Mission in Paynesville, where 17 young women successfully passed through.
She admonished the graduates to take their chosen profession as one of the best alternatives to their future development and progress.
Madam Dukuly then called on the graduates to consider grouping themselves into small cooperatives and business entities to strengthen their ability to garner resources that will enhance their establishments.
She urge them to take firm courage and move forward with the achievements they have made, “because they were capable to work in both public and private sectors.”
“Trust me, you have become women of substance that are ready to make your own contributions in so many ways for the overall development of our nation. [Liberia is] in need of professional women like you that have worked so hard to reach this stage,” Madam Dukuly told the graduates.
According to her, at the moment, Liberia needs a lot of such vocational and technical training to bridge the gap of unemployment.
She expressed gratitude to BTHACS’ founder and president, Mrs. Nora Crusoe Flaboe, for such a viable educational initiative, and therefore called on Liberians everywhere to help the institution achieve its goal.
Mrs. Flaboe in return, appreciated the government for the level of peace and stability prevailing in the country .
She also expressed gratefulness to her husband (Mr. Gabriel S. Flaboe, Sr.) for his support to the BTHACS’ administration over the years.
Mrs. Flaboe described education as a passport to a successful future, “because tomorrow belongs to those who prepared for it, and such is the dream of BTHACS to empower Liberians through vocational training in the years ahead.”
At BTHACS, Mrs. Flaboe said the vision is to be a benchmark of excellence in vocational education, “and we want to train Liberians to become creative and professional.”
During the graduation program, H. Momo Fortune, general manager and chief executive officer of CARE Insurance Brokers and Consultants Incorporated, challenged the graduates to go into the world and prove their usefulness.
Mr. Fortune also presented each of the graduates a certificate of achievement, signed by the Assistant Minister of Education for Vocational Education.
Earlier, the valedictorian of the class, Madam Jestina B. Gaye, reminded her colleagues to walk with their documents with pride and dignity.
In separate remarks, some of the invited guests, including parents and sponsors of the graduates, commended BTHACS staff for impacting well-deserved knowledge into the graduates.
The ceremony was climaxed with an exhibition of handiworks of the graduates, which were sold to help raise funds for the school.