The Executive Director of one of Liberia’s leading adult literacy organizations, ALFALIT Liberia International, says the entity’s mission to reach illiterate Liberians with its educational enrichment programs continues to climb the ladder of success.
Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings made the remark yesterday at the opening ceremony for training 44 newly recruited teachers on the level one instructional training manual in Monrovia.
Rev. Giddings told the newly recruited teachers that sooner or later illiteracy will be conquered by Liberians.
The teacher training seminar will run for three days.
Rev. Giddings explained that after the training, the new teachers will be transformers in a drive to make adult literacy learners effective and useful citizens.
He admonished Liberians, including the teachers that everyone should take charge of education in all parts of the country and muster against illiteracy.
“Since 2006 most of the ALFALIT staff that joined the adult literacy program left (other forms of teaching) owing to commitment and resolved to work for the adult literacy learners in the country,” Rev. Giddings noted.
He further cautioned the new teachers that they should take pride in what they are being taught; that the biggest reward will be to empower the adult literacy learners with knowledge.
“Because of your good and committed work, somebody’s life condition will be elevated from mat to mattress; and because of you, somebody is able to take charge of his or her destiny,” Rev. Giddings stressed.
“If you give the people knowledge, you give the power against abuse, exploitation and other forms of bad tendencies in any society.”
In closing, Director Giddings pointed out that as a result of the huge commitment and dedication on the part of staff, each year, ALFALIT Liberia continues to climb the ladder of success in its adult literacy program in Liberia.
In a brief response, two participants of the teacher training seminar said that the staff have demonstrated and committed their resources, skills and expertise to the enrichment of adult literacy learners in the country.
The two participants assured ALFALIT Liberia officials that they will take advantage of the current opportunities being provided and make use of training manuals intended for the adult literacy program.
In remarks, the Training Coordinator of ALFALIT Liberia, Rev. Jerome Williams, said he was proud of the newly accepted teachers to the adult literacy program in Liberia.
Coordinator Williams explained the new teachers were drawn from 13 centers in Monrovia and its environs.
Asked to shed light on how much was earmarked for the current teacher training, Coordinator Williams declined to give the actual cost.