Barrow Says TVET Alternative Solution to Gambia’s Problems

President Barrow

By: Adama Jallow

President Adama Barrow said on Tuesday that his Government is committed to fully implementing TVET education as an alternative solution to the country’s myriad human resource gaps. 

The Gambian leader made these remarks at the official opening ceremony of the Ministerial meeting and the 8th In-person regional platform of the ACE Impact project that The Gambia is working towards establishing a full-fledged Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology, and Engineering for Entrepreneurship (STEE).

Officials at the event

He said: “We are eager and cannot wait to graduate our first home-grown engineers who are able and ready to move and provide solutions to local and international industries. This is a vision I share with my colleagues in West Africa and Djibouti. We are optimistic as key beneficiaries of the ACE Impact Project.”

President Barrow expressed hope that the project would address the human capital needs of the country by broadening the entrepreneurial landscape.

The Gambian leader also recognized the invaluable support and partnership from development partners like the World Bank and the ECOWAS.

The Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Prof. Pierre Gomez, said that the event is symbolic as it comes when the country’s higher education reforms, specifically the STEE establishment at USET, are on course to achieve the desired objectives.

Prof. Gomez, Minister of Higher Education

He noted that The Gambia had benefited tremendously in human capital development since it entered the Africa Centre of Excellence.

Gomez also thanked the World Bank, the Association of African Universities, and other partners for their continued support in The Gambia’s higher education sector transformation process.


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