MoHERST launches 1st National TVET Alumni Network

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has officially launched the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Alumni Network in the Gambia.

The event, which was chaired by the Director of Tertiary and Higher Education of the Ministry, was graced by students from TVET institutions, staff of MoHERST, partners and stakeholders, among others.

According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Administration and Finance Madi O. Jatta, this is the first time an Alumni Network is being championed by the Ministry through support from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

“I know it was not an easy task in commencing the process but Thank God we are here celebrating your joint efforts to make this day a reality,” he applauded.

Furthermore, the DPS informed that the pilot face of the Alumni includes Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) and Insight Training Centre; notwithstanding, the aim is to establish a national alumni network that will be extended to other institutions as well.

Mr Jatta went on to underline roles of an alumni which include offering career support to current students, providing financial support through fundraising and awarding scholarships, personal development of members, among others.

In his statement, the President of the National TVET Alumni Network, Israel D. Aseweje expatiated that the network was created to boost TVET and its policies which will help foster national development.

The occasion was marked by the adoption of the National TVET Alumni constitution, leading to the swearing-in of elected executive board members of the Alumni Association and awards of certifications.

To Yusupha Colley, a student of Insight Training Centre, ‘TVET is a project going big and a dream come true’.