The Head of Kutejumbulu / 2BaB Foundation and team recently visited the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to discuss his foundation’s desire to build a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centre in Jinack, Lower Niumi District.
The Head of Kutehjumbulu / 2BaB Foundation, Mr Gerd Hoffman informed MoHERST officials that his foundation has already constructed basic and secondary schools and a health care centre at the village. Now that they have graduated the first batch of grade 12, they intend to provide livelihood skills for these graduates. The proposed TVET Centre will provide the youth of Jinack Kajateh, Jinack Niggi and the environs with relevant skills and opportunities for self-actualisation for national development. Accordingly, the construction of the proposed centre and procurement of equipment for the centre will be done by Kutehjumbulu / 2BaB Foundation and partners while MoHERST provides the teachers.
In August this year, the Ministry sent senior management officials to Jinack to assess the environment including the proposed site and to discuss with the beneficiaries about the Ministry’s intention of supporting the youth through TVET.
Honourable Prof Gomez was pleased by the proposal noting that, it complements the Ministry’s strategic plan of having TVET centres in every region of The Gambia. He added that the youth of Jinack will not be abandoned in national development. He assured the support of MoHERST in ensuring that the proposed TVET centre is realised.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Yusupha Touray advised the Kutejumbulu / 2BaB Foundation to acquire an interim authorisation from the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA).