United States Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Deborah Malac says United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its capacity as the Education Agency and the Education Sector Development Committee are in support of the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to the U.S. female Envoy, the Operational Plan is the first of its kind that has been launched in the country since the end of the civil war.
“It is a Plan for the further development of education in Liberia, and is a testament to the collaboration between the Government of Liberia, its donor partners, and the multitude of implementing partners and civil society organizations that we have all developed a shared path to provide equitable access to a higher quality education for Liberia’s children and youths.”
As such, Ambassador Malac assured the MOE authorities that her Government through USAID share great vision for education in Liberia and for the nation as a whole.
“The 2014/2016 Operational Plan that is being launched is a path that will lead us toward a more prosperous Liberia,” the U.S. Diplomat opined.
According to her, the Operational Plan communicates the priorities of the MOE improvement; the commitments that will be required from the government and its partners to achieve those priorities; and, for the first time, a framework from which the government can clearly demonstrate its ability to coordinate and mobilize internal and external resources to achieve results.
At the same token, she said, the Operational Plan provides a clear blueprint for donors and implementing partners to align their resources according to the MOE priority needs and targeted outcomes for educational improvement.
Ambassador Malac: “This is a very significant benchmark in the transition from post-war recovery to development and is the result of the leadership that the Ministry has shown in developing this Plan in a consultative and collaborative manner.”
Additionally, she said, USAID and other partners will learn from the collaborative experience of implementation and performance monitoring to be ready to adapt and make adjustments to the Plan and implementation strategies based on our shared experiences.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Malac said, as such, her Government through USAID and other partners understand that the Operational Plan will be a living document that will continue to reflect the realities of the Liberian context and the developmental challenges and changes that are underway.
The MOE 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ was launched by President Sirleaf on Saturday, May 24, 2014 to, among other things, ensured that all students across the country increase their learning skills; to improve the quality and conditions of teaching and or learning at all levels; improve student performance and the completion at all education levels through increased access, enrollment, transition, retention and completion; transform systems and structures through improved education governance and management at all levels within the context of decentralization for effective delivery of education services.
This ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the total cost of US$180 million for implementing it within the 3-year, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the Government of Liberia, its development partners as well as the Public-Private Partnership.