The Delegation of the European Union to Liberia has introduced a weekly nationwide radio discussion program to promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The program is known as TVET on Radio.
The weekly 30-minute discussion program is broadcast on the national broadcaster, ELBC 99.9 FM, and live-streamed on the Liberia National Television Facebook page every Thursday at 9:30 am. It is intended to showcase the importance of TVET Education in Liberia and raise public awareness of Liberia's TVET opportunities. A set of 12 episodes of the program will be aired between March 11 and May 13, 2021.
Each week, guests participate in a live radio discussion on technical and vocational skills training policy interventions by various Development Partners, including support from other European countries and existing training opportunities.
Speaking on the maiden edition of TVET on Radio, the Head of Political and Economic Governance of the European Union's Delegation to Liberia, Mr. Jyrki Torni, said the Delegation is focused on supporting human development, personal experience, and enlightenment as well economic growth.
He said, "human development is significant, creates an opportunity for the country to develop, creates stability and prosperity. The injection of our financial support to Technical Vocational Education and Training [TVET] will make a huge difference not immediately but in the long run."
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon D. Zeogar Wilson, observed TVET is one of the priorities of the Government of Liberia's Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD). He said, "the government takes youth development and empowerment seriously and will ensure the young people are receiving proper training. That is why we want to ensure TVET training in Liberia is standardized".
European Union in Liberia TVET interventions
The Delegations supports two key Technical Vocational Education and Training intervention to accelerate improvements in TVET skills training with a total of 32 Million Dollars.
The 'Youth Rising" project implemented by UNIDO seeks to strengthen the Liberian TVET sector in its capacity to deliver equitable and gender-balanced access to high-quality and demand-driven TVET. The project promotes entrepreneurship and connects vocational education with the private sector in six schools located in five counties. It is also upgrading selected facilities of the six Trade Schools, facilitating TVET policy alignment, and promoting private sector involvement.
The second TVET intervention is the Technical Vocational Education and Training by the Private Sector in Liberia, co-funding the German Government and implemented by GIZ. The project is working in partnership with the Ministries of Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Finance and Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Association of Liberian Construction Contractors, Engineering Society of Liberia, and Liberia Institute of Architects.