The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Accelerated Quality Education (AQE) program for Liberian Children.
According to a press statement, the project is a $33.9 million intervention, aimed at increasing access to quality education for 48,000 out-of-school children and adolescents in the country aged between 8 to15.
MOE Statement notes that the project runs from March 2, 2017 – March 1, 2021.
A MOE statistics show About 150,000 Liberian children are currently out of school and combined public and private enrolment is around 1.5 million.
The 4-year initiative will create job and training opportunities for teachers, literacy and numeracy for out of school, as well as refurbishments of 260 schools across the country.
The statement furthered that the project will help establish quality educational opportunities in 260 schools in 6 counties including Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba.
Through the project, MOE will also revise and develop policy guidelines for accelerated learning programs (ALP), provide revised instructional resources including curricula and materials for ALP students and teachers to ensure students graduate from primary level with critical skills needed for 1st century workers.
Under the Project, ALP will strengthen the educational sector as a whole, working not only with the central Ministry, but also ensuring that education officers in the various counties and districts are monitoring, supporting and strengthening ALP sites.
The Ministry of Education will also work with 260 principals and 780 teachers to implement the accelerated learning programs (ALP) classes.
By Preston Gayflor