BWI, Partners Launched Road Maintenance And Construction Training Of Trainers Program

The Booker T. Washington Institute and Partners have officially launched the road maintenance and construction training of trainers (TOT) program in Kakata City Margibi County.

The launching ceremony which was held at the BWI American Corner Library on Monday, April 8, 2019 brought together the BWI Administration, representatives of partners and the government of Liberia as well as trainers and the 12 trainees who will participate in the Training of Trainees program expected to last for weeks.

The program according to the Principal and CEO of BWI is important for the Institute on grounds that this year (2019) the launch of the program has met the benchmark for achieving quality TVET education.

Atty. Harris Fomba Tarnue disclosed that the project started by looking at curriculum development taking into consideration the appropriate curriculum needed for people to engage in road construction and maintenance in Liberia.

He stated that the curriculum development was also followed by validation and the training of trainers to be followed by a full skill training of young people to engage in road construction and maintenance across Liberia.

“And along these lines, we are proud to say that the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors (ALCC) continue to be our partners; meaning that on this stage today you have our development partners; GIZ, you have our Industrial Actors who are the Actual Construction Contractors engage in road construction and maintenance and then you have us as training institution trying to implement one of the cardinal goals of this government” he narrated.

He averred that President George Manneh Weah has made it loud and clear that foremost on his agenda is the issue of road connectivity across Liberia and how that can be achieved is their concern as a Technical and Vocational Training Institution.

Principal Tarnue explained that partnering with GIZ, ALCC and other funding Agencies is a great partnership to move Liberia forward in terms of roads as Technical and Vocational Training Institution.

He said the young people will be trained as trainers who will then return to train the young people that will be actively engaged with contractors across the Country in road construction and maintenance.

BWI Boss narrates, “we do this realizing that as a training Institution we have to find a way to casket or integrate government’s national agenda into our training programs”.

He mentioned that government has put forth road construction as a major priority adding, ‘how do we contribute to achieving that national agenda is to avail ourselves as training institution so that we help to provide the requisite manpower to support that national government agenda’.

The Principal then said they were pleased as training institution that three years plus down the road, they are ready to take off the young people who have been selected to go through the TOT and will undergo the training for couple of weeks and thereafter will go through a rigorous testing to certify those who will be qualify and competent trainers to train the young people on the real project when it starts early 2020.

For his part, the Assistant Minister for TVET Education at the Ministry of Education; Saku Dukuly says roads are among the most important public assets.

According to him, the improvement of roads brings immediate and sometimes dramatic benefits to road users through improved access to hospitals, schools, markets, improved comfort, speed, and safety; and lower vehicle operating costs.

The Assistant Minister said for these benefits to be sustained, road improvements must be followed by a well-planned program of maintenance.

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