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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2733

U.S. Government-funded Vocational Training Center Opens in Ambalangoda

Colombo,23 December(Asiantribune.com): Minister for Vocational and Technical Training Piyasena Gamage and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James R. Moore together opened a newly rebuilt vocational training center (VTC) in Ambalangoda on December 18, 2007.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening, Mr. Moore said, “The U.S. Government is honored to support the construction of a facility that will provide greater opportunities for local youth – for the next generation in your great country.” In his speech, Minister Gamage emphasized the importance of vocational training to economic growth at the local level, and he thanked the U.S. Government for its extensive cooperation with his ministry on other projects throughout Sri Lanka. :  Minister for Vocational and Technical Training Piyasena Gamage and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James R. Moore unveil the plaque to open the newly rebuilt vocational training center in Ambalangoda: Minister for Vocational and Technical Training Piyasena Gamage and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James R. Moore unveil the plaque to open the newly rebuilt vocational training center in Ambalangoda

Construction of the VTC was funded by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The new facility not only replaces the old building, which was ravaged by the tsunami three years ago, but also represents USAID’s commitment to “building back better” with a much enhanced facility. Moreover, the grant paid for the purchase of advanced training equipment and high-quality tools.

USAID collaborated closely with the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) to implement the grant, especially in developing the curriculum that will be utilized in the new facility. The curriculum design took into account the job market, the requests of the residents of the region around Ambalangoda, and the course offerings at nearby VTCs. As a result of this study and consultation, training to be offered in Ambalangoda will include outboard motor repair, beauty culture, and three-wheeler and motorcycle repair.

As part of its tsunami reconstruction efforts in Sri Lanka, USAID will have built by 2008 more than a dozen vocational training centers throughout the country, while also working with the VTA on curriculum development and teacher training.

- Asian Tribune -

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