By Sumner Kangbap – 9th August 2019
The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) polytechnic on Wednesday 7th August 2019 at the conference room of the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, New England Ville in Freetown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Embassy in Freetown to support the Practical Arts Department of the college headed by Mr. Marco Conteh.
According to the MoU, the Chinese Embassy will provide the equipment, vehicles and expertise to train 45 students in the Practical Arts Department to make pottery items as the representative of the Chinese Embassy underscored that the short term course would create jobs and appealed to Government, through the Ministry, to provide waiver for some of the equipment.
As the Embassy cannot ship the raw materials from China, MMCET will provide the space and conducive learning environment for the training of the 45 students, provide the raw materials like clay, oven (s), water and firewood, the MoU further highlights.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, Mr. Gilbert Cooper, who represented the Ministry, asserted that the MoU is a “fair deal.”
The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education is expected to provide the leave application, coordinate the entire process as well as the duty waiver for the shipment of the equipment.
The ceremony was witnessed by the college’s Acting Vice Principal, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh, who signed on behalf of the college, the Senior Registrar, Mr. Jeff Momoh, the Dean of the Brookfields campus, Mrs. Alima Jumu, the Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Sesay and the head of the Practical Arts Department, Mr. Marco Conteh.
The course starts on 25th September this year.