U.S. and Liberian Governments Partner for Quality Education

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 8, 2013
Bendu Doman-Nimley
231776-010-940

Suacoco, Bong County – U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac says the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to helping the Government of Liberia transform teachers’ education in the country to address the increasing demand for a well-trained work.

Speaking at the weekend when she attended the commencement ceremony for nearly five hundred newly certified teachers at the Cuttington University, Ambassador Malac emphasized that the USAID Liberia Teacher Training Program has helped to strengthen education delivery, train teachers in up-to-date methodologies and supported the development of new regulatory and operational policies.  She said the equitable access of quality education in the Country is far from over and urged graduates  to prepare their students- especially at the primary level- for the road ahead.  “We firmly believe that only with quality teachers will there be quality education for the youth of Liberia,” stated Ambassador Malac.

Earlier in the ceremony, the Monrovia Consolidated School System Superintendent (MCSS), Adolphus Jacobs remarked that as “C” certificate holders, teachers could impact early grade learners to either stay in school or drop out of school. He stressed that in the midst of education reform in the country, teachers should have integrity and refrain from any form of solicitation as it hurts the education system. “Solicitation be it in money, labor or otherwise have got to stop,” stated Superintendent Jacobs.

The USAID Liberia Teacher Training Program has trained more than three thousand teachers at the “C” certificate level and distributed more than 500,000 books. The program has also provided scholarships to Masters and PHD students and introduced the first Education Management Information System in Liberia.  

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