NetLib Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) last Saturday graduated 120 young professionals in various disciplines, including computer technology, electricity, cosmetology, masonry, tailoring and hotel management.
The graduation exercise was held in the NVTI auditorium in Congo Town, and was attended by several government officials, parents, local and international partners.
Guest speaker Reverend Kennedy G. Sandy, political leader of the Liberia Transformation Party, said the absence of vocational education slows down the country’s economy.
“Any nation that fails to prioritize vocational education would be committing economic suicide. For Liberia, I see vocational education as a means to reduce HIV/ AIDS so that our young girls will have something to do and not engage in things that will hamper their lives,” Rev. Sandy said.
The involvement of Liberians in technical and vocational education has the potential to address some of the many challenges facing young people, including unemployment, said the LTP leader.
“Vocational education has the tendency to reduce crimes in Liberia and I believe that it remains the best strategy for our country in creating empowerment. I want to challenge you to transfer your education to others and also be entrepreneurs that Liberia will need,” he admonished the graduates.
He noted that technical and vocational education can play important roles in strengthening the economic system of Liberia, as well as building a workforce for the current and future generations.
The founder of the NVTI, Abdullah Kamara, said he was delighted to see young people graduating in various disciplines and ready to contribute to the development of the society.
Since the institution was founded, it has graduated over 700 students in various professional disciplines. He, however, expressed disappointment in the Liberian government for its failure to support the institution, especially students who are unable to pay their fees.
“We have called on the various government ministries and agencies to support our children who want to acquire vocational and technical education, and we are yet to get a word from them,” he lamented.
Mr. Kamara hailed members of the teaching staff, parents and local and international partners for their commitment in supporting the students’ efforts to achieve their vocational and technical education goals.
Meanwhile, twenty of the graduates received scholarships to advance in their areas of qualification.