“You Have Freed Yourselves from Darkness of Ignorance, Backwardness”

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FLASHBACK: Graduates of Alfalit International of Upper Montserrado County held at Johnson Baysawala Memorial Institute in Paynesville

Rev. Konoe Tells 157 Alfalit-Liberia Graduates

Reverend Henry F. Konoe of the Christ Ambassadors Ministries Liberia Incorporated (CAML) on December 15, 2018, told graduates of the Alfalit International Liberia adult literacy program that they have freed themselves from the darkness of ignorance and backwardness by acquiring some levels of education.

Rev. Konoe said the fact that the adult literacy learners took time from their businesses to acquire literacy skills for their future growth is a manifestation of critical decisions.

As Alfalit motto depicts, from darkness to light, Rev. Konoe said the graduates should see themselves as no longer in the darkness of ignorance, but in the light of hope for their various communities.

“You have done for yourselves a very good work and now you all should in your respective communities shine the light of freedom from ignorance, backwardness and manipulations,” Rev. Konoe stressed.

Today, Rev. Konoe added, the certificates have been given to each of you as testimonial to read, write and understand letters from anyone or organization in the country.

He admonished the graduates to encourage other members of their communities to take advantage of the Alfalit literacy program in order to empower themselves with skills that will enable them to read and write in English.

He also pointed out that the Alfalit adult literacy program is one of the best methods available to ensure that unlettered Liberians benefit from adult literacy instruction.

Rev. Konoe however stressed that planners and support partners of the adult literacy initiative begin thinking of taking the initiative beyond Montserrado County.

“Our people, especially our mothers and fathers, are in dire need of such learning program in order to get out of the darkness of ignorance and backwardness as urban sisters and brothers are now benefiting,” Rev. Konoe stressed.

Rev. Konoe also congratulated the graduates for their bold steps and noted that God gave wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding, adding that such knowledge should be used to develop the minds of others.

Presenting the graduates to the executive director of Alfalit International Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, Coordinator Dennis F. Boakai noted that following months of teaching and preparation, the adult literacy learners are ready for certification.

Boakai extended thanks to the graduates and Alfalit International Liberia for the support and cooperation that brought to fruition to the hosting of a successful graduation program.

For his part, Mr. Martin F. Kamara underscored the need for the adult literacy program to create additional learning centers in and outside of Montserrado County.

Kamara, an educator, said the Alfalit program modules are impressive and suitable for the primary and secondary levels of the Liberian educational system.

Earlier during the closing program, students Annie Sonkarlay and Yanga Mulbah pointed out that the Alfalit adult literacy learning has transformed their lives as they are able to read and write letters and sign boards in the various communities.

“We are really grateful and will forever remain appreciative to Alfalit International Liberia for giving hope in the midst of despair and hopelessness,” Madam Yanga and Annie stressed.

In the demonstration component of the program, students Saah Bundor, Patience Kpakelah and Helena Whyee wrote and read correct sentences on a black board.

Few years ago, students Bundor, Patience and Helena were not able to even identify letters and now they are proud because they are able to write and read sentences through the able tutorship of their teachers.

In a related development, a number of graduates from the literacy program during the weekend graduation is 473 adult literacy learners.

The period of time spent in the program, from late 2015, 2016 and they are now leaving the program finally.

Those Alfalit adult literacy students who have graduated can now considered themselves as 7th and 8th grade students in regular grade school.

They have finally completed all prescribed learning requirements set by Alfalit International and all the supplementary books, math, reading, civics, language arts, geography, social studies, and other extra curricula activity books.

The graduates hail from at least four counties including: Montserrado, 292; Bong, 41; Bassa, 25; and Lower Margibi, 115. Meanwhile 90% of the graduates are mainly women.

Meanwhile, at the end of the graduation exercises, 157 adult literacy learners, mainly market women and housewives, received certificates of achievements for the various stages in the Alfalit adult literacy program in the country.

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