The only Technical and Vocational School in Margibi County, the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) has celebrated its 89th founder’s day anniversary in Kakata.
The celebration started on Friday, June 29, 2018 with the dedication of projects implemented by the current Administration headed by the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the BWI Atty. Harris Fomba Tarnue, the hosting of flags of Liberia’s fifteen Counties and continued on Saturday, June 30, 2018 with a grand parade in the principal streets of Kakata followed by an indoor program at the Institution’s auditorium.
The projects include a 2,100ft fence project running from Du-River to the main gate of the Campus, Biology Laboratory in the Science building, poultry farming, animal husbandry and a flagpole stage currently use for hosting the various Counties’ flags, the flag of Liberia and the flags of other partners such as the European Union.
Atty. Tarnue during the indoor program called on all Liberians especially the youth whom he said are the current and future nation builders to commit themselves to the adequate preparation and requisite education and training in TVET in order to make Liberia a strong and vibrant nation. Atty. Tarnue revealed that TVET is unquestionably one critical vehicle for achieving the most talk about pro-poor agenda.
He further noted that through TVET, they can enhance youth employability, produce competitive workforce, harness human capital for increased manufacturing and industrialization and promote productivity and sustainability in agriculture.
According to him, this requires higher investment in the education sector, especially the TVET sector, thus calling on National Government, friends of Liberia, both bilateral and multilateral to support efforts to strengthen the TVET sector through increased financial and technical assistance.
The Principal also registered gratefulness for the level of support already coming from the government and partners including the United States of America, the European Union (EU), GIZ, Japan and UN Agencies among others.
He in the same vein extended thanks to other Alumni in the Diaspora for continuing to rally support for their Alma Matter, the BWI. Atty. Tarnue at the same time pleaded for more for what he described as a critical vehicle for TVET for achieving the pro-poor agenda for development and prosperity.
The BWI Boss also indicated that his Administration strategic focus will continue to be driven by public engagement couple with definite and purposive actions set out in five points’ strategic priorities in the first years strategic and sustainability plan for BWI (2018-2022 ).
He named the five points’ strategic priorities as, investing in staff development and capacity building, investing in BWI’s internal revenue generating capacity, strengthening existing infrastructures and building new ones, enhancing student and young faculty recruitment, development and retention programs and elevating BWI to a Technical College and high quality market focused Institution respectively. Principal Tarnue however, promised the public a grater BWI.