July 11, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Useful Hands Training Center has on Saturday 8th July, 2017 organized its seventeenth graduation ceremony for seventy six (76) students from various departments at the Door Christian Fellowship Church, Ferry Junction with the theme: Vocational Education, a tool for women empowerment.
The center which is located at City Road, Wellington, was established in 1999 and offered courses in catering, hairdressing, and tailoring, among others.
Deputy Direction of Lifeline Nehemiah Project, Pastor Prince Tommy, who served as chairman for the ceremony congratulated the graduands for completing two years of acquiring skills and thanked the academic staff for giving them the opportunity.
He pleaded with the graduands to showcase their acquired skills in the society and contribute to the development of the country.
Tommy said it was the responsibility of the graduands to make positive impact in their society, noting that education was not only about university.
Principal of the Center, Pastor Benjamin Bangura, said the institution was established to close the gap between the educated and illiterate society.
According to him, some people didn’t complete their formal education because of lack of money to finance their courses and other constrains.
“Technical and vocational education was meant for those that were not able to complete formal education and it is not everybody that should go to university,” he said.
Pastor Bangura stated that technical and vocational education was also expensive as compared to university education.
He said as part of the academic curriculum, the institution was doing seventy percent of practical and thirty percent theory.
The principal also disclosed that in the years to come, the institution would send its first set of students to take the National Council Technical and Vocational Award (NCTVA) examinations.
He said the institution would also offer courses including business administration, community development studies and banking among other.
He pleaded with educational partners for support, noting that education was not done in isolation.
Delivering his keynote address, Rev. Warren Fornah, said Useful Hands Training Center was God motivated institution that was giving opportunity to young people to rise and shine in the development of the country.
He said the days of sycophancy was over and formal education was not the only means of development, adding that technical and vocational education was also important for them.
Rev. Fornah said over the years, women have been left behind in developmental issues while calling on graduands to beat the spirit of low self-esteem and break the silence for women in society.
According to him, technical and vocational learning has provided self- empowerment for women, add to their dignity, respect and value to women, society and the country’s development.
He pleaded with the graduands to make good use of skills they have acquired to make their lives and societies better.