On October 31, 2022, the Government of Liberia, with funding from the European Union and the Government of Sweden under the “Youth Rising” and “Promoting Youth Employment Through TVET” projects implemented by the United Nations for Industrial Development (UNIDO), launched a 24-month TVET Teacher Trainer Training Course. Ten in-service TVET staff will be trained as the inaugural group of TVET teacher trainers, who will help launch the program through the TVET Center for Professional Training, Research and Innovation (TCPTRI) based at the Booker Washington Institute. The Häme University of Applied Sciences in Finland will provide the training.
By: T Mark Korpu
This 24-month TVET teacher trainer training course by Häme University will be delivered as part of a blended training program that includes week-long intensive face-to-face training sessions at the Liberia and Finland and distance learning.
The trainees will develop two programs as part of this TVET teacher training course. The “initial TVET teacher training” program will target newly recruited TVET teachers. In contrast, the “TVET Teacher In-Service Training” program will target serving TVET teachers in a practical way, using theory, knowledge and practical experience.
Häme University of Applied Sciences, also known as HAMK, is a workplace-oriented multidisciplinary higher education institution based in Finland. HAMK offers 29 bachelor’s degree programs, 13 master’s degree programs and professional teacher training.
Mr. Jecob Swee, Deputy Director of Education at the Booker Washington Institute and one of the recipients of this training, began by expressing his gratitude to the Government of Liberia and its partners for establishing TVET. “Especially me, I’m too excited to be one of those benefiting from these experienced coaches from Finland,” Mr Swee said.
He also shared his expectations for the training. “From the discussion over the past few days and the professional backgrounds of the Finnish trainers, it made me anticipate that we will tap into their pool of experiences which will prepare us to introduce the TVET teaching category which will prepare our learners to be more hands-on.” Mr. Swee added that after the training, he is certain to introduce new teaching methods that include the use of available resources.
In 2018, the Government of Liberia received funding from the European Union and the Government of Sweden under the “Youth Rising” and “Promoting Youth Employment” projects to strengthen the Liberian TVET sector in its ability to deliver a equitable and gender-balanced access to education. high-quality, demand-driven TVET for young Liberians.
Finding professional and well-trained teachers with modern technical skills is one of the many challenges facing Liberia’s TVET sub-sector. To address this challenge, the Government of Liberia and its partners established the TVET Center for Teacher Professional Training and Research (TCPTRI) in Kakata, Margibi County, in 2022. The Center was established as the one of the operating units of the Booker Washington Institute. (BWI) and was designed to be a national hub to address many of the common weaknesses associated with capacity related to TVET human resources in Liberia. The mission of the Center is to stimulate and promote the sustainable development, stability, adaptability and/or resilience of Liberia’s national TVET system in the context of a globalized and ever-changing business environment, as well as the update of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for human development.