By Bill W. Cooper (Cub Reporter)
Educate-Liberia has embarked on a five-day training for teachers on ‘Delivering Excellent Instruction in every Classroom’ at the University of Liberia on the Fendell Campus.
Giving the overview of the project, Educate-Liberia’s CEO, Clarice Ford-Kulah said the program will not only train teachers about the content of what they do not know, but it will also train them on the content that they will be able to carry back into the classroom and help student to be on path with their counterparts around West Africa and the World at large.
She said the non-governmental organization brought out of some humanitarian Liberians desirous of bringing together educators with the opportunity to give back to the country by training them, not just in Monrovia but other counties such as Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Nimba, and Gbarpolu as well as Grand Cape Mount and Bong Counties respectively.
“Today we have 107 teachers; 37 of those teachers are from PCS, 11 teachers are from Bentol, 17 teachers are from Nimba, 15 from Grand Cape Mount and nine from Gbarpolu among others.” Our goal is to take over 10 schools and train teachers in all of them, because it is not about teachers only, but the students who will one day become doctors, lawyers, as well as teachers,” she continued.
The Deputy Minister for Instruction at the Ministry of Education, Alexander Duopu, cautioned teachers to make sacrifices in their fields of expertise, adding that the students believe in them more then they believe in their parents.
Minister Duopu noted that teachers have the mandate to instill in the students what they need and they should be able to replicate whatsoever they have instilled in them, adding ‘if the students cannot replicate whatsoever that was instilled in them to own it or know it; then the country is not going anywhere.’
He added that the Ministry’s new revised curriculum has taken the ‘C’ certificate training from 10 months to 1 year, adding that a lot of things have been included like the early childhood education as well as the education and IT programs.
“The curriculum will not only show teachers how to teach, because if you only know how teach and don’t know the subject matter it is for nothing. Most high schools are falling behind because most teachers who go to Teacher’s College are only taught how to teach as compared to someone who did physics and mathematics in school,” he stated.
Minister Duopu further disclosed that the Ministry of Education through the help of its partners has raised approximately 104 million to transform the education sector in the next four years.
Meanwhile, YWCA National General Secretary, Roseline K. Toweh, lauded the organization’s USA team for the initiative and urged teachers to be more committed in managing their classrooms and want them to focus on their work and do away will politics, adding “Teachers are not politicians but one who are supposed to mold the mind of the citizenry of a country.”
Educate-Liberia, an NGO that is dedicated to providing excellent instruction in every classroom was established with the expectation of rapidly expanding education and vocational training programs; run and operates schools; develop and oversee curriculums, conduct teaching training/professional development as well as create conducive learning environments.
Educate-Liberia Begins Five -Day Teachers’ Training
By Bill W. Cooper (Cub Reporter)