Friday, June 12, marked the certification of 121 teachers of the WE-CARE Foundation Reading Liberia Program. The event took place at the Young Men’s Christian Association ( YMCA) on Broad Street.
In his welcome statement earlier, WE-CARE Executive Director, T. Michael Weah, explained that the Reading Liberia teaching program is a research-based and classroom-testing of best teaching practices intended to improve teachers’ performances in the classroom, which had been going on since 2009.
He said the training incorporates critical thinking, interactive and participatory learning methods and strategies, a new approach to teaching in the Liberian school. The new approach enables the students to question, examine, interpret, apply knowledge and work together.
Reading Liberia is an initiative of WE-CARE Foundation, a local education non-profit, with support from the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) and the R.J. Braydon Charitable Foundation. Some of the books used in the teacher training program were donated by the International Book Bank (IBB).
Reading Liberia trains teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, designers and publishers and publishes culturally relevant books for children in Liberia.
The Reading Liberia supervisor, Johnson Togba, said that the teachers were the last group and had gone through three of five-day workshops that were held for seven hours a day. It was followed by two implementation meetings during which the teachers were monitored and mentored for 12 months in their classrooms, while implementing the methods and strategies. They were also observed and assessed, while a trainer recommended them for accreditation and certification.
For her part, Mrs. Ellen Fatu Varfley, Director for Professional Development of the Bureau of Teacher Education (BTE), Ministry of Education, and President of the National Teachers Association of Liberia, called on the certificated teachers to make the best use of the skills acquired during the training and mentorship.
She thanked the WE-CARE Foundation family for their huge contribution to Liberia’s education sector. Mrs. Varfley along with Mr. J. Fernando Gbozuah, Program Director (BTE-MoE) presented the certificates to the teachers.
The ceremony was attended by members of WE-CARE Board of Directors and more than 300 persons including guests from other education-related non-governmental organizations.