Botswana is willing to give scholarships to Liberian students, the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told visiting Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during the official opening of Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) yesterday .
The government of Botswana is willing to donate scholarships to Liberian students, the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told visiting Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, here during the official opening of Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) yesterday.
She offered to sponsor some Liberian students to study in the country’s only applied arts and technology school so as to strengthen relations between the two countries. For her part, Johnson-Sirleaf related that their only and oldest vocational and technical institution, which was destroyed by war, is under rehabilitation.
“In my country, over 60 percent of our population of 3.8 million is below the age of 35. Many of them missed out on the opportunity to go to school because of our civil conflict. Although they are old for the conventional classroom, we have been working steadily to train them. You can well imagine our need for vocational and technical education,” Sirleaf said.
She said through a grant from the republic of China, her government is working on expanding the Monrovia Vocational Training Centre (MVTC) for increased enrolment. She further revealed that they are also building schools outside the capital city, Monrovia, for young people to get quality education in their home environment without having to go to towns.
“Students of Oodi College, look ahead, think of the future when as technicians and artists you will invent instruments that will make life easier for us. Those of you with entrepreneurial skills will create jobs for others.
This is how we develop in Africa,” Sirleaf advised. She told students and teachers of the college to have a positive attitude and make a good name for the school, as they are the institution’s first generation. “Bear a heavy responsibility to establish a solid track record and make this institution attractive to others who will follow in your footsteps.
Its reputation will very well depend on how you conduct yourselves and how you apply what you learn after you leave here,” she said. The Liberian president also applauded government for investing in education and putting its people’s lives first.