Alfalit Liberia has announced in Monrovia the closure of its 2016 cycle of the literacy and basic education programs across four counties.
A release said the cycle, which lasted for 10 months, is now closing to allow Alfalit to commence a new cycle which will run for nine months in line with the actual timetable of Alfalit International’s literacy cycle and basic education system in 27 countries.
According to the supervisor for training and statistics, Jerome Williams, the closing exercises are divided into three segments, with Upper Montserrado that took place yesterday at the Baysawala School at Red-Light in Paynesville.
The other two closing exercises would see western and central Montserrado County taking place today.
Lower Bong, Grand Bassa, and Margibi counties’ closures are expected to take place tomorrow at the literacy centers in the three counties, respectively with the director of Alfalit Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, heading a team of office staff to Bong County.
At the close of the current literacy cycle, a total of 2,069 students in both the literacy and basic education programs would be advancing to the next level of the program.
Alfalit Liberia said at the end of the closing exercises, it will be accepting new and beginner students, particularly illiterate youths and adults (both men and women) who missed up on their education or dropped out from school due to challenges and other circumstances resulting in their being illiterate.
Currently, the Alfalit literacy program consists of 1,569 women and 169 men, while the basic literacy program is comprised of 418 women and 82 men.
Alfalit Liberia has meanwhile called on all its students, educational partners and stakeholders, government officials and families and friends, as well as well-meaning citizens who have an interest in education and the work of Alfalit to turn out at these closing exercises to encourage and motivate the students.
Alfalit Liberia was founded in 2006 with the goal of teaching the neediest and illiterate youths and adults to read, write and do basic arithmetic as part of efforts to help the central government reduce the high rate of illiteracy in the country after coming out of 14 years of civil war that affected every sector of the country, including education.