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Published On: Thu, Dec 14th, 2023

Higher Education Minister promises positive responds to Education Stakeholders

Professor Pierre Gomez, the Minister of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (MoHERST) has assured his ministry’s responds to the needs and aspirations of the stakeholders to enable them achieve their goals.

He further gave a promise for support to education stakeholders to enable the effective implementation of their various programs.

He said though the budget for the 2024 was unfavorable with 0.8% of the total Gambia government appropriation budget, with little resources, he assured that his ministry would do its utmost best to respond to the needs and aspirations of stakeholders.

Prof Gomez made these assurances on Wednesday as he embarked on a familiarization tour to the Malik Mendy’s tailoring likewise the President’s International Award (PIA).

As the institutions’ activities are in line with MoHERST’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program, the tour was aimed to give the minister firsthand information on strives, experiences, achievement registered and challenges encountered by the institutions.

The tour was also to see how best the ministry could effectively collaborate with the institutions to enable them achieve their institutional goals as far as TVET program and youth empowerment are of national priority areas.

Speaking at the PIA, Prof Gomez said “we will see how best we can work together to respond to the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders here. After going around, I have seen that you have different programs. You will need support to better enhance your different types of programs.

He noted that the capacity building discussed on the tour falls under his ministry. Adding that Human capital is under the domain of the ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

So we will see how best we can support with the little resources that we have,

though our budget for the 2024 is not favorable at all with 0.8% of the total Gambia government appropriation budget. “But with the little we have, we will see to how to best share with everybody,” he assured.

He noted that they are here for the Gambia, that they will use their bilateral to see how they can get support to training. He said MoHERST would be expecting the PIA director’s formal request to MoHERST to submit names of people with their right qualifications and areas of interests of trainings.

For his part, Nfamara Dabo, board chairman of the board of directors at the President’s International Award (PIA) thanked Professor Gomez for the visit, adding that there are a lot of things they need to work on.

He noted that they are currently managing with the little they have with old structures. He said one of the components of the PIA is skills and interest.

He said that they normally asked students to identify an area of interest and that they run various programs at the PIA, including Bakery, carpentry, electrical, welding, auto mechanic and tailoring among others.

Dabo continued that they ensure that students acquire knowledge which would be put into action after graduation, where they could create employment for others in the future.

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