Over 2,000 adult literacy learners were awarded certificates of achievement over the weekend from ALFALIT-international in a mass graduation ceremony held at the Bethel Cathedral of Hope Church in Congo Town.
They were tutored in specialized modules under the auspices of ALFALIT-international’s Liberian headquarters in the USA.
According to the organizers of the graduation program, the adult literacy students —who were mainly women—, came from the communities of Central, Western, Lower and Upper Montserrado County.
Speaking at the graduation on Saturday, November 14, District #3 Representative and House Committee Chairman on Education, Bill Twehway, called on the graduates not to stop where they have reached, but strive to continue their educations with determination.
The House Committee Chairman on Education extended his thanks and appreciation to ALFALIT International Liberia for initiating an adult education program that has addressed the issues of poverty and illiteracy.
In his introductory remarks, Daily Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best, explained that it is possible to make Liberia a better place if education stakeholders support adult literacy programs.
In a special statement, the American Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, said she was inspired by the mass participation of women in ALFALIT’s adult education program.
“When a person can read and write in proper English, they realize the importance of education in accomplishing their goals,” Ambassador Malac asserted.
Ambassador Malac said that the women of Liberia would be empowered against the menace of violence by knowing how to read.
She said the American Government is aiding in the development of Liberia’s educational sector in partnership with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders.
Ambassador Malac, however, emphasized that ultimately it was the responsibility of the Liberian Government to create educational opportunities for Liberians.
Deputy Education Minister, Hawa Goll Kotchi, said that ALFALIT International Liberia is helping the Liberian Government meet the needs of adult literacy learners.
The Executive Director of ALFALIT International Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, disclosed that Liberia’s adult literacy initiative had impacted more than 55,000 students since 2006.
Director Giddings extended his gratitude to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the provisions of books and funds for the overall running of the program.
Director General of Suzuku Incorporated, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, told the graduates to go out and encourage others to enroll in the ALFAIT Liberia’s adult literacy program to ensure that more Liberians are literate.
In closing, Director Tipoteh urged the graduates and Liberians in general to emulate the examples of late South African President Nelson Mandela for his humble posture and strong stance for freedom and justice for all.
2,640 adult literacy learners were awarded with certificates of achievement following several months of mentoring by ALFALIT International Liberia’s trained teachers and facilitators at 40 established centers in Monrovia.