Compassion Corps has been dedicated to educational initiatives in Liberia for many years now. Since the devastation of their 14 year civil war, the Liberian educational system has struggled to get back up and running effectively. The Ebola crisis added another dimension of difficulty. The teachers are willing and students are many, but resources and training are scarce. Most teachers have only a high school education, and they are eager to acquire professional development, however, such opportunities are few and usually at too great a distance for aspiring teachers to take advantage of them. Since 2010, we’ve been privileged to run teacher training sessions in many locations within Liberia for which these teachers and the Liberian Ministry of Education are truly grateful.
Just a few weeks ago, the Auction for Africa portion of this year’s Celebrate Compassion Gala raised $2,025 toward desks and curriculum for our partner schools in Liberia. We’re glad to report that these funds are already being put to use! We’ve purchased Fantastic Phonics curriculum to send with our short term team, headed to Liberia in June.
We’re excited about this particular curriculum because it has been tested and proven to be effective by an extensive report conducted by USAID. You can read more about the partnership between USAID and Fantastic Phonics and click on the link in the article to check out the detailed research concerning the effectiveness of this curriculum.
But we know that having a solid curriculum is only half the battle. That’s why we’re sending qualified team members during the June/July trip to Liberia, who will focus on conducting teacher training in the eight partner schools where we’ll be taking the curriculum.
Thank you for helping us to equip Liberian teachers with materials and training! These are essential steps in the rebuilding process of the nation’s education system.