By Jallah Amoson
The executive director of National Adult Education Association of Liberia (NAEAL) says adult education is important to the growth of the country and therefore it should not be overlooked.
Madam Desterlyn Allen made the statement at the launch of a Level 2 literacy program at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Center on 9th Street, Sinkor over the weekend.
She said the launch of the Level 2 Literacy Program is not beyond expectation because NAEAL is launching its National Mass Literacy Program to get many adults to learn how to read, but noted that the program would be successful with the support of the central government and international partners.
Madam Allen said NAEAL’s community empowerment programs are Adult Literacy, Business Development Training, Life Skills Training, Institutional Capacity Building, Networking Advocacy, Resource Development and Professional Development.
She said NAEAL was established in 1977 by a group of young Liberian educators who were interested in promoting literacy in Liberia. NAEAL has its offices in Kpor Town, Shiefflin Township, Margibi County.
Madam Allen said the literacy program has been changing the lives of people by taking them from what she called ‘zero level’ up to the point where the learners can read and write short sentences and letters among other things.
She called on the government and international partners to rally support to NAEAL in order to make Liberia a better society in its adult literacy development.
She said at present NAEAL is present in 14 of the 15 counties and has conducted forestry education programs in Grand Bassa and Nimba counties for community dwellers on how to manage and preserve their forests, adding that NAEAL programs in Liberia are intended to provide the necessary skills to community dwellers to enable them to do something for themselves.
Allen disclosed that the organization has trained more than 500 literacy facilitators and about 13,000 learners across the country and said the beneficiaries have gained self-esteem and additional skills in writing as well as working with improved communication skills.
Madam Allen said since the establishment of NAEAL it has worked in partnership with communities and their representatives as well as implementing partners and coordinating activities with the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education and partners to reduce illiteracy in Liberia as well as meaningfully empowering the learners.