VET to Train ‘Disadvantaged’ Youth

first_imgLewis Togba Sr., former journalist, founder and Board chairman of a local not-for-profit organization Versatile Trust (VET), has commenced a project that will train “disadvantaged” youth to acquire skills that will impact their lives.Mr. Togba told reporters at a news conference yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, that Liberia as a developing country has lots of challenges, including the training of unskilled youth to understand life’s necessities inclusive of education, health and infrastructure.This, according to Mr. Togba, draws the attention of VET to buttress government’s efforts in molding the minds of  “vulnerable” youth.“VET has done extensive survey and therefore seen the need to buttress government’s drive, to develop the minds of some of the young people from the streets, who are vulnerable,” Togba said.He said the core value of VET is to engage in sustainable training programs to develop the minds of unskilled young Liberians  through the hosting of seminars, hands-on  training to include event planning, fashion designing, tailoring, decoration, graphic arts, driving and computer education.To achieve this objective, Mr. Togba said members of VET will get involved with community health awareness through clean-up campaigns to ensure clean environments.VET, he said, will also buttress government’s effort to develop the minds of those youth who are in the streets and  do not have the opportunity to acquire formal education, “but we will encourage them to re-enroll into a learning institution, just to obtain some basic training to enable them become useful citizens.”The program is an open opportunity to unskilled young Liberians who find it difficult to expand their vision, thus leading them into activities that do not honor societal norms.“As such, VET sees the need to help impact the lives of  vulnerable Liberians through training, with focus on capacity building in different disciplines,” Mr. Togba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Gallacher: Settled Scotland side key to Euro 2016 qualification

first_imgFormer Scotland international Kevin Gallacher believes the Tartan Army’s recent form is down to picking a consistent starting eleven throughout their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.Gordon Strachan’s men lie level on points with Germany and the Republic of Ireland in Group D following their 1-0 win over the latter last night.Shaun Maloney’s memorable strike brought the Scots back into contention for qualification with a top three place in the group now a real possibility.And Gallacher believes that Strachan’s squad consistency has been crucial to Scotland’s recent form.“Gordon has stuck with a tried and tested team and he hasn’t really changed the team much,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “Look at the starting eleven, most of them have started the campaign. There may have been a couple of suspensions here and there, but it is a settled side now.“That’s why they are playing so well together, they know each other’s jobs, are helping each other out and carving out results.”The former Scotland forward has warned excitable fans not to get carried away though as it is still a very ‘tight group’.“It’s down to Scotland and Ireland to battle it out for that third place now. You never know, Poland might falter and the Germans might slip up again, but that’s what we have to rely on,” he added.Looking ahead to the keenly anticipated friendly against England on Tuesday night, the former Tartan army star admitted he was keen to grab the bragging rights for once.“Hopefully England, and Scotland, bring a strong side,” he continued. “Both nations have wanted this for a while now. We had it last year and got entertained with goals so, why not again? Scotland v England is a great game.“There is a lot of banter, especially when you are living down here. You are get battered from pillar to post with stick, it’s time to give it out again. So, hopefully Scotland can get the result.”last_img read more