By Christopher Carew
The Deputy Commissioner of National Commission for Youth (NAYCOM), Emmerson Kamara has distributed certificates to a number of participants after they successfully completed the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Project (Component 1) Skills Development – Supervisors’ Training.
Earlier, Emmerson Kamara explained to his audience that President Julius Maada Bio is very concerned about the future and development of youth in Sierra Leone; the reason why he is laying much emphasis on providing all the necessary processes and procedures for youth development across the country. He urged the participants to make good use of the training and cascade it down to their colleagues who were not fortunate to attend.
Speaking to AYV about the program, Alan Quee, Key Expert for Component 1, said Component 1 is about skills development implemented by the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) in collaboration with a few partners. He added that they are currently working in three institutions across the country, GTI, MMCT&E and Njala, adding that they are now looking at curriculum review in these three institutions so that we can so that we can equip the youths in carrying out 21st Century tasks. He maintained that they had completed the TOT last year and that currently they are looking at Supervisory Courses and that at present they have thirty five in the training project. He said they are equipping them with all what it takes to carry out and succeed in entrepreneurship programmes and projects; leadership and financial management among other courses aimed at empowering youths with entrepreneurial and management skills. He said the objective is to train supervisors who in turn would cascade what they learnt to their colleagues.
Dr. Andrew Simmons: Lead for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Skills Project made similar sentiments, adding that he is confident that if the participants take seriously the training, they would help in a considerable way to influence their peers in gaining professional skills training for their individual and national development.
Statements were also delivered by Gianni Bagaglia, Ing. Edward Lamin and other authorities, who made it clear that, TVET is a very important component of education and skills management.
The climax was the distribution of certificates to the participants at an auspicious event held at the Sierra Leone Government Technical Institute at Kissy, east of Freetown.