By Fatou Sillah
Minister of Transport, Works And Infrastructure, Hon. Ebrima Sillah on Wednesday, November 24, 2022, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a USET multipurpose skills training centre in Wassu Madina Kanteh, in the Central River Region (CRR) on behalf of President Barrow
The skill centre, sponsored by MRC Holland foundation, would consist of General Agriculture, Auto Mechanical engineering, plumbing, and Gas fleeting, among others.
Speaking on behalf of the president, Hon. Ebrima Sillah said the government is committed to promoting Technical, Vocational Education, and Training Education (TVET) in The Gambia.
“We will all agree that a lot has been achieved, but yet a lot more commitment is there to ensure that we have the youth of this country to provide them with alternative skills’ education that can help them build their lives; and the establishment of this centre would promote the teaching of TVET education, which is a critical input for economic development and poverty alleviation,” he said.
Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Prof. Pierre Gomez said the TVET centre to be constructed in the CRR settlement would have enough classrooms, workshops, and accommodations for students and lecturers.
The Country Coordinator, MRC Holland Foundation, Henrietta Sonko expressed commitment to supporting the government in providing quality and accessible education to all Gambians, particularly the youth.
The project aims to improve the quality and equity of the TVET Education System through responses to society’s needs for high-quality human capital that will enhance the Gambia’s competitiveness in the global market.
Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology is poised at transforming and decentralising some of the public tertiary and higher education institutions to meet its core mandate of building the human capital stock of The Gambia