“Organize More Reading Programs for Pupils,” First Lady Clar Weah Urges

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The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, Clar Weah, and the kids at the KEEP reading in Paynesville

Thanks KEEP, promises to help improve its programs

First Lady of Liberia, Clar Weah, has urged the Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) to organize more programs that will help improve the reading skills of Liberian children.

Madam Weah made the statement over the weekend when she read two books – “Greedy Zebra and Anansi” and “The Pot of Beans” – to over 30 kids at the June Moore public school in Paynesville.

Mrs. Weah said she is thankful for what the organizers are doing for the children and called on other organizations to introduce more reading programs that will improve the educational system for future generations.

KEEP is a local non-profit organization that works at the grassroots level in three counties – Grand Gedeh, Gbarpolu, and Montserrado – providing various support in the education sector, particularly at the primary school level.

The organization also promotes women and girls’ empowerment, economic livelihood, access to justice, promotion of rights in schools, strengthening youth education through computer and reading literacy programs, and child sponsorship and advocacy.

Madam Weah promised to help improve the programs, saying she loves kids who are willing to learn through such programs that will help strengthen the educational system.

She added, “I feel proud to read to kids on my first visit as  first lady, and seeing what Brenda is doing for the kids, I am very impressed.”

First Lady Weah promised to speak with the Education Minister and work with her husband to improve the livelihood of Liberian children because, she said, kids are her passion and Liberia’s future leaders.

Brenda Moore, Executive Director of KEEP, said KEEP organizes activities in each of the reading rooms in order for the kids to participate in activities they do not have access to, lamenting that most school going kids in Liberia have poor reading skills. Over 7,000 children in Liberia have been impacted by KEEP through its various programs.

Ms. Moore guests are always invited to read to the kids for two hours, which helps the children improve their reading skills.

KEEP’s mission is to provide various resources to facilitate access to primary education by engaging with parents, community leaders, established community structures, and other partners.

It also seeks to promote social justice and development of vulnerable children and youth by strengthening their capacities.

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