Professor Pierre Gomez, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, accompanied by the national coordinator of the MRC Holland Foundation, Henrietta Sonko, continued their visits to competence centers across the country.
Minister Gomez, while speaking to reporters, revealed that they plan to hand over the Kanilai Competence Center by September 2022.
According to him, the MRC Holland Foundation is currently working on the construction of two blocks of dormitories that can accommodate about 128 students, including 64 girls and 64 boys.
However, the veteran educator explained that there is so much work to do with other training blocks, and it’s time to work with development partners to ensure 2022 is a game-changer.
“We know the malaise in Higher Education, now is the time to work on the solution”, Hon. Gomez said.
He said the Kanilai Skill Centre, once operational, will provide training in these areas; namely welding and fabrication, carpentry and carpentry, masonry, auto mechanics, refrigeration and air conditioning, electrical installation, satellite/solar installation and maintenance, as well as computing and computing, tailoring and garment making, design shoemaking and pattern making, bakery and pastries, panel beating and foundry technology
At the Ndemban skills center, he visited the electrical/electronics and engineering block, the automobile block, the administrative block and the dormitories. The dormitories are being built by the MRC Holland Foundation as part of complementary efforts to government interventions to provide accommodation for students once the center is completed.
The Minister observed that there are important works in progress, particularly with regard to the finishing of the three blocks.
To this effect, the Hon. Gomez plans to engage the Project Coordination Unit (PCU), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the ongoing works are completed and delivered accordingly.
Minister Gomez pointed out that the Ndemban Skills Center is expected to be completed by September 2022, adding that MoHERST’s aim is to decentralize TVET and make it accessible to students across the country.
He disclosed that the Ndemban Center will provide opportunities for students to learn skills that will benefit their communities. This, he said, will stimulate young people who are engaged in learning skills to find employment, which will help curb rural-urban migration and irregular migration.
The Ndemban Center will offer a qualifying training similar to that of Kanilai. He finally thanked the MRC Holland Foundation for investing in education.
Gambia: The Minister of Higher Education continues his tour of skills centers across the country
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