Ann-Dora Gbormie, Assistant Minister for Planning, Research and Development of the Ministry of Education has disclosed that youth from Montserrado and Margibi counties are taking education seriously.
As such, there was the need for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Advancing Youth Project to continue partnering with the MOE to provide better education for them.
Mrs. Gbormie made the statement over the weekend when she served as keynote speaker at the end of a weeklong annual youth summit held in Kakata, Margibi County.
She noted that the representation of youth from the two counties clearly demonstrates that, they are interested in youth education, particularly with the presence of those who had earlier dropped out of school, and took advantage of the USAID-AYP opportunity to improve their lives.
Besides the youth education, USAID-AYP is providing basic vocational education training in such areas such as tailoring, tie-dye, soap making, among other things.
A MOE report shows that there are 28,000 youths from the two counties benefiting from the USAID-AYP educational program.
Accordingly, 79 percent of the learners are women, and as such, they need to be empowered.
This is the first time that USAID-AYP has provided level three (six grade) to the AYP youth.
The Assistant Minister then used the occasion to report on progress made in Montserrado and Margibi counties, where they have especially educated the youth with support from the USAID-AYP.
The USAID-AYP, including the Alternative Basic Education (ABE), is also part of the MOE’s three year Plan, which was recently launched in the country.
She lauded the USAID-AYP for allowing the over 11,000 youths from across the 15 counties to benefit from the adult illiteracy program.
For his part, Emmanuel S. Siafa, team leader and county Alliance Coordinator of USAID-AYP said, his institution had ensured that every youth in Liberia gets a better opportunity.
“As team leader, we ensure that youth who do not have access to education are provided it.”
Right now, Mr. Siafa said, USAID-AYP is partnering with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to assist some of the trainers to acquire skills in some of their small hydro training programs that are currently ongoing.
Also speaking, Denise Clarke, Deputy Chief of Party at the USAID-AYP, reiterated that her institution is partnering with the MOE to provide better education to ‘desirous’ youthful population.
Madam Clarke told the participants to make use of the skills they acquired from the institution to better their lives.
Meanwhile, the USAID-AYP is providing increased access to quality ‘Alternative Basic Education Services, social and leadership developments as well as livelihoods for out-of school youth (aged 13-35), who have no marginal literacy and numeracy skills.
To date, 16,000 Liberians are receiving training and guidance from the project, which started from 2012 and is expected end by 2016.