Exploring the Availability and Reliability of Information and Data for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Liberia
AbstractThe world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis. In response, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is back on the development agenda after years in oblivion. This article explores the availability and reliability of data and information sources for TVET in post-conflict Liberia. The research aims to map and analyze the existing sources of research, knowledge and information on TVET in the country. Adopting an eclectic approach to data collection, the researcher used desk review and content analysis of available literature and conducted selected interviews with key stakeholders discussion (remotely) to source information on the topic under review. The study finds that there exist limited reliable information and data on TVET in the country. This is largely due to the negative impact of the debilitating civil war that left the country institutionally incapacitated and deficient in human resource. The study established that even in situations where skills may be in demand by the economy and employers, it is not necessarily the case that TVET and other learning opportunities in these skills are being demanded by learners. Even the little information and data that are available, they provide limited picture in respect of the differences between what obtain in counties and between urban and rural development indicators. The article concludes that the TVET has scarce data and information that could inform decision making on the sector in the country. Key words: Technical, Vocational, Education, Youth Employment, Labour Market, Demand-Side, Training
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