Social initiative for literacy development programme has organised a Technical and vocational education and training seminar for young girls,boys in the Sissala east municipality. The aim was to discuss the relevance of technical vocational education and training, its strengthening and sustainability as an alternative vehicle for creation of jobs and expansion of local economy in Ghana under the theme ;’TVET drives Ghana beyond aid’.
The seminar brought together officials from the Ghana education service, Chiefs and entrepreneurs who already have develop their skills through technical vocational education training to mentor students who are currently in the field of studies.
In a welcome address the CEO of SILDEP, Mr. Moses Dramani Luri acknowledged that the recent high unemployment situation among the youth thereby putting undue pressure on government on daily basis even makes it more relevant to find alternative employment opportunities to reduce the burden on government.
the purpose of technical and vocational education training he said is to equip young people with the technical and professional skills needed for socio economic and industrial development of the country. Whilst technical vocational education training policy framework is to promote science and technology and its curriculum design and delivery to meet the labour market, the papers suggest delivery at all levels of technical vocational education institutions to help promote collaboration and industrial development.
He commended government for the transformation brought to technical vocational education and training in the current system, mentioning that it is as a results SILDEP in collaboration with plan international Ghana with funding from Dutch ministry of foreign affairs introduce a five year project from July 2016 to July 2020 to empower state and non-state actors including families, traditional authorities and religious leaders with knowledge and information through strategic advocacy interventions.
the project aims at reducing child marriages, gender based violence, child commercial sexual exploitation and vigorously promote technical vocational education training in the Sissala East Municipality, Sissala West and Wa West districts in the upper west region.
On the contrary misconception about technical vocational education training has been the challenge of the sector Mr Moses Luri noted given an instance. The belief that people of low academic intellect attend technical vocational education training institutions and there are even attempts to institutionalize this especially in the vocational-technical day senior high schools.
This impression is erroneous and must be condemned in no uncertain terms. The lack of commitment on the path of duty bearers investing technical vocational education training is one other issue he noticed as a challenge as well as unemployment confronting.
Giving emphasis on the importance of technical vocational education and training Mr Moses express that if Ghana must go beyond aid, if we must domesticate, if the private sector is the engine of growth and if Ghana must be an export country then technical vocational education and training is the key that must drive us to the new destination.
Headmistress all saints vocational training institute Rev. Sister Catherine has also emphasized that vocational education is very important if not the most important education that put money into the pockets of beneficiaries, their families and many other people faster than all forms of education. Although education is the key to success vocational education is the master key she said.
She therefore encouraged parents to be proud of their wards who go to vocational schools and get interested in their well being as there is opportunity available for students of vocational and technical schools to further their education.
she however mentioned that some students suffer in the hands of their parents and guidance simply because they are in vocational schools, they are the last to be given money sometimes only the lorry fare to come to school.
Most of them struggle to get money to pay their school fees since vocational schools were not part of the free education manifesto of the NPP government and urged government to be quick in its intention of making vocational and technical education attractive.