WE-CARE Foundation, a local non- for- profit education NGO on Saturday, December 28, 2013 held its annual teachers award ceremony with a beach party under the theme “Celebrating Teachers.” The program was held at the Barnes Beach in Thinker’s Village on the Robertsfield Highway. It was attended by teachers of WE-CARE’s Reading Liberia focused schools and their families, members of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), illustrators, youth groups, and students of the University of Liberia and high schools.
Speaking at the program was the Board Chair of WE-CARE Amb. M. Kronyan W eefur who said “Today you have been rewarded for your hard work in the classroom. Lots of eyes will be watching you to see your next step as we enter 2014. Whether you will retain this particular award or get another one in 2014, depends solely on you.” He called on other teachers to do their best by emulating their colleagues.
The Executive Director, T. Michael Weah gave a brief overview of WE-CARE Foundation activities. He said WE-CARE was founded in 1992 as an education NGO and presently works in the area of training teachers, writers, illustrators, establishing libraries, and publishing culturally relevant children books. Mr. Weah said Reading Liberia is a program under WE-CARE, supported bye CODE, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education and is presently in 66 public schools. The Foundation operates the WE-CARE Library, on Carey & Gurley Streets, with all services free including the internet.
Individuals and institutions awarded at the program are: Miss Susan P. Nagbe of C.W. Brumskine School on Front Street in Monrovia as Teacher of the Year; Miss Beatrice Berrien of Samukai Town Public School, Samukai Town, Caldwell for Most Decorated classroom and Mr. Elijah Turpah of VOA Public School, Careysburg, as Teacher Monitor of the Year. Others are Mr. Amos W. Quaye of Marie Washington School, Gardnerville as Principal of the Year and Monrovia Demonstration School on Clay Street received the Most Used Library of the Year Award. The Most Outstanding Reading Liberia Club of the year award was received by MR. Abraham Queegbo of C.W. Brumskie School on Front School while Miss Siatta T. Gateweh of WE-CARE Foundation took home Reading Liberia Trainer of the Year Award.
Speaking on behalf of the honorees was Mr. Amos Quaye of Marie Washington School. He thanked WE-CARE for the award and said their journey to impacting quality education had just begun.
WE-CARE teachers’ award program is an annual ceremony held on the last Saturday of every year to celebrate Liberian teachers that are sacrificing for a literate and educated Liberia by using the methodologies and strategies of critical thinking in the classroom. The award ceremony ends with a beach party where teachers and their families and colleagues share together the joy of being one and wishing All the Best for the coming school year.