HAVING technically-skilled manpower will effectively help to reduce poverty, promote peace, conserve environment and improve the quality of life.
University of Goroka education faculty dean Dr Kapa Kelep Malpo said this while addressing the 48th annual graduation of Goroka Technical College.
She said the technical vocational education training (TVET) branch of the Education Department offered students technical skills training which helped them to acquire technical skills to become productive citizens.
“The value of TVET is increasingly being recognised by the Government.
At a recent UNESCO international meeting of education policy makers in Bonn, Germany it was concluded that education is considered as a key development strategy and that technical and vocational education and training must be the master key that should help to find sustainable living,” Dr Malpo said.
She said skills acquired would enable students to develop the potential to add value to agriculture products, traditional arts and artifacts in rural communities.
Dr Malpo said they could make money out of the limited resources they have and become useful person in the community and even safeguard the environment using available resources wisely.
She appealed to young people with vocational skills to utilise their knowledge and serve as service providers in their communities.