The Principal of Suhum Community Development Vocational Institute (CDVI) Mad. Edith Atter-Adabadze over the weekend appealed to government through the Departments of Community Development and the Municipal Assembly to institute a scholarship scheme in the Municipal levels, targeted at the vocational and technical trainees as is being done to teachers, nurses and other tertiary institutions.
She averred that such step will enable majority of the disadvantage, energetic and talented youth to access skills training and build a livelihood.
She noted that placement of vocational and technical institutions on the computer placement system should be looked at, for the challenges of low enrolment in the institution, highlighting challenges engulfing the institution as, inadequate classrooms for the four years programmes, lack of staff common room for teachers to operate effectively, know library for students research work and inadequate funds to run the institute.
Mad. Edith Atter-Adabadze made her plea at the 5th graduation ceremony of Suhum Community Development Vocational Institute in Suhum in The Eastern Region, which was on the theme: ‘technical and vocational education, a tool for national development.’
Forty students of various disciplines graduated in dress-making, cookery and hair-dressing.
The population of students’ stands at one hundred and twenty, with twenty-six teaching and non-teaching staffs, the institution runs a four years programme for both boys and girls who are awarded National Vocational and Technical Institute (NVTI) and a Technical Education Unit Certificates.
The academic performances of the institute as against the year 2006 to 2012 have improved scoring 80% in the external examination.
Mad. Edith Atter- Adabadze concluded her speech by charging graduants, that the condition prevailing in the institute are different from out there, urging them to work hard to achieve their aim in future by avoiding laziness in areas they find themselves.
The Regional Director of Department of Women And Children Affairs Mad. Janet Kwapong said the Ministry stands to promote women development, empowering them to achieve gender equity and promote the survival, development and growth of children in general.
She added that the ministry is embarking on a four years gender responsive skills and community development project which seeks to improve women gainfully employment and entrepreneurial development and providing scholarship to train five hundred girls from poor house-holds in the fifty-nine beneficiary districts of the projects.
They are to pursue technical skills which include: mechanical, masonry, carpentry and plumbing in any of the twenty five selected community development vocational and technical institutes across the country of which Suhum is part.
She urged parents to assist, support and provide for their wards to help boost their performances, to advice, motivate, encourage and groom their wards to become responsible adults to change agents in their community.
Mad. Janet kwapong cautioned graduants to start work as soon as possible to showcase their entrepreneurial skills, alert them to be tolerant to divergent views and conduct themselves well during the general elections and desist from being used as tools of discord and mayhem, protecting and maintaining the peace the country desired.
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