The National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) yesterday began a three-day workshop for teachers in Monrovia.
The workshop is intended to advance the thinking on teacher effectiveness, thereby by engaging them in a participatory assessment process that would serve as the basis for policy proposals to enhance the quality of teaching in the country.
The workshop under the theme, “A Global Teachers’ Effort for Better Education,” brought together 50 participants from the 15 counties. It is facilitated by officials from Education International (EI) based in Brussels, Belgium.
EI represents organizations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.
Rev. Ellen Varfley, President of the NTAL, at the opening of the workshop said, teachers have been downplayed in Liberia and they need to stand up for their rights, but should do so in the right manner to set a good example for their students.
“We don’t need people who will push us around like we do not know right from wrong. Teachers should be the ones taking the lead by setting high moral standards, because we are the ones impacting knowledge into people,” said Varfley.
She urged the participants to make use of the knowledge the facilitators are imparting.
Emmanuel Fartoma, senior coordinator at Education International for Africa, assured the participants that the workshop will build the capacity of NTAL members in order to help them contribute to education policy in Liberia.
He said teachers have views on many education issues, noting that policy-makers were yet to be aware of those views.
According to Mr. Fartoma, the training is mainly intended to help the new Education Minister, who pledged to revamp the country’s education system from “mess to best.”
By doing that, he stressed the need to engage teachers in dialogue so that decision makers will hear them.
A former classroom teacher now counselor-at-law, Viama J. Blama, was invited to the opening ceremony. He expressed gratitude to the NTAL for organizing the workshop and hoped that participants will acquire more knowledge to help improve the country’s education system.