Devine Grace Institute Graduates 66
Sixty-six students graduated from Devine Grace Vocational Institute (DGVI) situated at 99 Pademba Road, Freetown on Saturday July 13 at an auspicious ceremony which took place at the Miatta Conference Center.
In his keynote address, the principal of DGVI, Pastor John Abu Kanu gave a brief background of the institute stating that it is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) initiative designed to help the children who have fallen out of schooling for multiple reasons that are self explanatory. He noted that the institution aims at helping the needy community children who have chosen to look at life from a different perspective.
Pastor Kanu revealed that because there is a great need to help such siblings, a handful of parents and community members came together to form the DGVI for it to function as a non political, NGO institute that caters for dropouts and the less fortunate children in society.
“Taking a close look at the illiteracy rate of the people of Sierra Leone and the percentage of employment for the formerly educated citizens, there is a great need for the designing of multiple vocational training and education”, the principal noted.
He added that the average citizen though not formerly educated have the feeling of being employed and this has created a great deal of burden on Government and partners to provide for the half baked elites (citizen) who still need to be cared for. He furthered that, realistically, not all formerly educated citizens can absolutely be cared for not to talk of illiterates and dropouts.
The principal furthered that as a result of this, the DGVI reasonably saw the need to involve young Sierra Leonean citizens in vocational skills which will provide private future employment for the individual and lesson the burden on the government and partners. “This will help the citizens to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the nation in the years to come”, Pastor Kanu assured.
He concluded by highlighting the aims and objectives of the institute as follows,
- to provide vocational training for the young people Sierra Leone,
- to provide a legal source of income for the less fortunate citizens,
- to give meaning to life for the illiterate Sierra Leoneans, and
- to help citizens especially the youths to be self reliant.
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