In his quest to transform the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) into Liberia’s first TVET Technical College or University in the shortest possible time, the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute Atty. Harris Fomba Tarnue has called for more financial and technical supports.
Mr. Tarnue has also appealed to those that are concern with developing the skills of the youths to support national development to join hands with his administration to search for more financial and technical support.
“Let me call on everyone concern with developing the skills of our youths to support national development to please join hands with us here at BWI to search for more financial and technical support as we sustain the work here and transform this national human capacity development center into Liberia’s first TVET Technical College and or University in the shortest possible time” he said.
Going forward, the Principal disclosed that the goal of his administration remains a strategy and sustainable development of the Institute something he said his administration continues to be reminded by the five years strategy plan in which they have outlined five priority areas in moving the school forward in the future.
Atty. Tarnue naming the five priority areas said the first priority area is to invest in staff development and capacity building through domestic and international faculty-student exchange programs and regular in-service workshops and seminars for BWI staff.
Secondly; to increase BWI’s internal revenue-generating capacity through commercialization of the vocational and technical trade shops, agricultural production (new ventures into oil palm and cocoa farming) using partnership such as bilateral and possible multilateral financial and technical support.
The third priority area according to the Principal is investing in existing infrastructures at BWI while searching for fund to build new infrastructures expressing the need to renovate the current buildings including dormitories, staff dwelling units as well as search for fund to construct new dormitories to be able to accommodate the demand for hosting post-secondary professional students as boarding students at BWI.
He also named the fourth area as enhancing student recruitment, development and retention program by improving the quality of the entrance and placement examinations; increasing extra-curriculum and female student enrollment in technical trades. The Principal said the fifth priority area is making BWI as a high-quality market focus institution and elevate the school to a technical college in 2022 respectively.
Mr. Tarnue then used the opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to President George Manneh Weah for his continuous support to the BWI and confidence reposed in him to continue to lead and provide service at the Institute. He extended similar appreciation to the Ministry of Education, BWIAA local and national, International Partners, BWI Board of Governors as well as faculty and staff of BWI among others.
He made the statement at a program marking the 68th graduation exercises of the Booker Washington Institute held at the school’s auditorium over the weekend. About 190 students walked away with diplomats from various departments such as Automotive, Machinery, Masonry, Plumbing and Agriculture among others.