Chinese Training Coordinator Extends Call for Youth Employment

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A cross view of the graduating trainees of the Chinese Overseas Vocational and Skills Training, held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center.

One hundred and twenty trainees who completed a 45-day course provided by the Chinese Overseas Vocational and Skills Training, held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), appeared more excited when Training Coordinator Wang Wei called on the Liberian government to create jobs for the graduates and many other youth in search of jobs in the country.

Mr. Wang, who made the call at a closing ceremony of the training program on Saturday, December 15, 2018, declared that Liberian youth are willing to learn and make themselves viable and self-sufficient. However, job creation for them remains an impediment, a situation that needs to be addressed in order for the youth to build a brighter future, Mr. Wang observed.

Wang, who quoted a popular Chinese proverb — “teach a person to fish rather than giving fish to a person” — said it was on this basis they are carrying on a similar program in almost every part of Africa under the China-Africa Relations policy so as to enable Africans to do what they need to do instead of relying on others.

He said as Liberian youth continue to express their willingness to learn, it is his hope that some of them will travel to China to improve knowledge already acquired in various disciplines in their vocational studies.

The graduates have acquired training meant to broaden their knowledge in areas they are familiar with, including Electrical, Masonry and Auto Repair, at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).

Wang giving his closing address at the Chinese Overseas Vocational and Skills Training, held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center.

China is a country more advanced in building construction and manufacturing as evidenced by its multiple skyscrapers and manufacturing industries in the capital, Beijing, and other cities.  In fact, just last month, the longest and most wonderful bridge ever built by man was dedicated in China.  It extends from China itself to Hong Kong, an island portion of the People’s Republic of China.

Li Jiang, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to get more Liberians to travel to China in order to undergo vocational training in technology, including internet techniques.

He said that China has more scholarships to offer Africans, including Liberians, and as long as young people are willing to avail themselves and become versatile, his country will help.

Mr. Li cited educational projects China has undertaken and completed in Liberia as evidenced by the MVTC complex and the University of Liberia campus at Fendall.

Monen J. Duoe, Enterprise Development Officer at the National Investment Commission (NIC), urged the graduates to make themselves proud by utilizing the skills acquired. Such pride, she said, encompasses the call for duty to oneself and to society, whereby a person will eschew wrongful acts he/she sees infiltrating the society and choose what is good and honest.

She noted that sitting to see the training wither away is one of the worst things an individual can do, stressing that doing so does not add value to the person’s existence.

In appreciation to the trainers, the students gowned each of them and sang an anthem that expressed gratitude for the China-Liberia friendship.

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