COVENANT VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE CONCEPT
1.1 Project Title: school for THE AT RISK YOUTHS
1.2 Project Nature: Vocational Training
1.3 Project Location: Baoma Village, Goderich, Yoke District, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
1.4 Name: Covenant Vocational Institute
Covenant Vocational Institute is the human resource development wing of Covenant Family Ministries Incorporation, an indigenous local Christian ministry with a divine commission to reconcile lost souls to God within the church context and to build them up into men and women of integrity.
Many people and groups find it very difficult to believe that a large group of young men and women still falls within the less privileged and at-risk class of our society. This is simply because of the enormous input of both Government and non Governmental organizations in addressing this problem. As a local church running with an incorporated vision of meeting the holistic needs of man and its community makes us keenly aware of the fact that our young are still at risk and less privileged in their different communities.
This is in fact more true as we have just emerged from unarguably the most primitive gruesome rebel war in the recent history of man kind. Now that the guns of war are silenced with a concerted effort of all asunder and a disarmament, mobilization and integration program of combatants is over, it is worth noting that Youths who constituted greater part of the combatants are still Less Privileged At-Risk which requires special attention.
Therefore even though there is an over riding need and effort going on in consolidating the peace we now are enjoying and the rebuilding of battered lives we believe that paramount among all of these needs at this threshold of development is to identify the course of the war and action positive and unselfish initiatives that can help reduce the chances of a re occurrence.
It should not sound ridiculous to say that if real actions are not taking we might see ourselves going down the same part we went to in the near future. This is simply because man kind’s history is replete with the re occurrences of the same social problems and others due to repetition of the same mistakes by man.
It is therefore in place to ask as to what are the courses of the war. We believe the reasons are many, but that a common thread runs through them. This is because of the moral decadence in society and the economic ineptitude to cater for the sector that engaged in the war. This state of things resulted to a crumbled society and an appalling wilding gulf between the rich and the poor. Based on researches done it is found out that youths are highly loaded with powerful God giving potentials that if properly nurtured and tapped into will greatly benefit them and the nation. Since there was no provisions made to gainful engage them these people became vulnerably dangerous and disgruntled. In the absence of such opportunities this sector of our society became the main tool in the passed war. Therefore the need to cater for this group must be of paramount concern for all peace loving people.
The absence of this concern can be clearly seen in what have become of these people. Many have become instruments of robbery, community violence, drug pushers and addicts while the ladies have made them selves into prostitutes [code name commercial sex workers]. After the training of the beneficiaries we intend to set-up cooperatives that can encourage them to use their knowledge acquired to make a living as different from our National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission [NCDDR] program. This commission was very successful in its mission, but stopped short in ensuring that these Ex-combatants put to use their skills acquired in making a peaceful and useful living.
As a result of having such skilled man power we believe a balance between demand of supply of skills for development and self employment will be created. With our specialized personnel and well defined administrative structure the project will fully and successfully be implemented if supported. So we believe that the implementation of this project will not only help youths, but it will promote the stability of lives and properties which is the first human right.
a) To help fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission giving to the church (Matthew 28:18-20).
b) To serve as a drug for sustainable capacity development and employment opportunities.
c) To serve as a conduit in maintaining Peace.
d) To help promote basic literacy programs that enhances the Government’s drive in its educational policy.
e) To work in collaboration with other humanitarian societal groups running with the vision of developing the nation’s human resource.
Training of the less privileged in the following disciplines:
- Textile & Design
- Computer Operations
- On the stability of state security
- On the safety of lives and properties
- On both the socio-economic and political statues.
CVI has experienced personnel’s available especially when we as a church is running with a vision of helping to remove obstacles to development initiatives through vocational training which has giving birth to the proposal.
Each session would last for nine months with 70% practical and 30% theory.