The newly elected class leadership of Liberia Education Action for Development (LEAD) was inducted into office over the weekend. Those inducted are part of the phase 16 of the teacher training program.
LEAD is a local non-governmental organization established to train in-service and out-service teachers in the various methodologies in their profession.
The entity is headed by its executive director, Z. Elijah Whapoe, who said LEAD came into existence in November 1995 at the height of the Liberian civil war with the desire of filling in the gaps left behind by trained teachers and other within the education system of the country.
According to Mr. Whapoe, since then the institution has trained and graduated over 1, 129 trained ‘C’ Certificate teachers.
The country’s 14-year crisis, Mr. Whapoe said, created an unstoppable brain-drain at the time which seriously undermined the Ministry of Education’s (MOE’s) delivery capacity to sustain quality education.
Accordingly, LEAD has been operating within the guidelines set by the Division of Teacher Education, Certification Accreditation at the MOE.
LEAD’s vision is for all, especially the needy, to have access to quality education. It desires to create an enabling environment for the needy by providing teacher training and other education-related services.
The major programs include in-service and pre-service teacher training; functional adult literacy; school construction and renovation; Updating libraries and reading rooms, and providing scholarships for the needy.
The inducted officers included Rutland E.N. Shilue, president; Karmor T. Yardanmah, vice president and Sergbe B. Torh, general secretary.
Others inducted were Nawey N.K. Melchizedek, treasurer, Richard B. Gbarduo, advisor, Rachel H. Nyemah, financial secretary and Roseline Singleton, chaplain.
Installing officer, David K. Dahn, reminded the officers of their promise to take the institution to another level to improve and further standardize the training program.
“We will revisit your vows to see if you are also doing what you have promised, or else we will tell the administration to revoke your recognition,” Mr. Dahn told the officials.
For his part, guest speaker Joseph Quoi, an instructor of the University of Liberia, urged students desirous of entering the teaching profession to do so with commitment and passion rather than hoping on any financial incentives.
Mr. Quoi spoke on the theme, “Is teaching considered a genuine profession in Liberia?”
He said owing to the cascades of torrential castigation and disparagement by many stakeholders, those entering the teaching profession in contemporary Liberia are often considered as people wanting to commit suicide, because of the low economic incentives the teaching profession continues to suffer.
However, he said, there are many conscientious, patriotic and nationalistic Liberians, who have decided to brave the storm by accepting to teach in order to not only maintain the profession, but also help to improve its importance as well as its value to society.
The LEAD’s slogan is, “We are teachers of tomorrow and we are learning to teach others.”