‘Vocational Education Essential for Self Employment’

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By Jallah Amoson

The director of Hope Development Initiative (HDI) – located in the Lewis A. Thomas School Compound, ELWA junction, Paynesville – Clarence G. Ben, has described HDI’s after school job creation program as one of the effective means of preparing Liberians for the job market.

Speaking to reporters recently, Ben said HDI’s main objective is to provide graduates a means to earn a living for them and their families. “Through these vocational skills, our graduates gain the requisite knowledge and make them more useful to themselves…and they are able to earn a living for themselves,” he said.

Ben said the HDI program includes hotel management, electricity, basic catering, pastry, tailoring, driving, auto electrical, cosmetology, hairdressing, business management, computer science, nurse aid, among others.

He stated that the HDI training focuses on empowering young Liberians economically, “and this helps bring about national development.”

He, therefore, called on Liberians to focus on acquiring vocational training skills which, he said, contribute to personal empowerment in either good or bad economic situations.

He added that with vocational training, Liberians can create jobs for themselves and not wait on government jobs.

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