The Monrovia office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to Liberia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Dr. Saidou Jallow, Senior Program Specialist at UNESCO, made the commitment following a brief acquaintance meeting he and his staff held with the new Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zoegar Wilson.
Dr. Jallow said the Organization will continue to work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other ministries to further improve the sector.
According to him, UNESCO will today commence a 2-day conference on standardizing a curriculum for TVET instructors.
The conference, according to Dr. Jallow, is a follow-up to previous programs held in the country and that were aimed at building instructors’ capacity.
“Many of the instructors rely on the knowledge they acquired from secondary school, which does not especially relate to how to teach, handle and educate students in the TVET sector; so, this will be a follow-up of a curriculum handbook that will make it more effective and efficient,” Jallow said.
The curriculum standardizing process is being done by UNESCO in partnership with the TVET task force that includes the ministries of Education, Gender and Social Protection, Labor and Agriculture.
Minister Wilson thanked UNESCO for its continuous support to Liberia and promised the Ministry’s continuous partnership with the UN organization as they continue to build the capacity of young people in the TVET sector.
“We are under obligation to build the capacity of Liberian youth, so whatever we can do collectively to make them serviceable to society is welcoming,” Minister Wilson said.
He added that the primary focus of a curriculum is on what is to be taught and when, which gives to the teaching profession decisions as to how this should be done.