Liberia Education Trust Literacy Program Attracts Market Women

Friday, 17th August 2007
Adult Literacy Participants display skills as President Sirleaf marvels at progress
Adult Literacy Participants display skills as President Sirleaf marvels at progress
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the aim of the Liberia Educational Trust (LET) is to give Liberians the opportunity to learn. The President paid tribute to the private sponsors, managers and teachers for ensuring the success of the program.

An Executive Mansion release says President Johnson Sirleaf spoke on Friday at the University of Liberia, when she met with participants in the Adult Literacy Program of the Liberia Educational Trust (LET). The Liberian leader pledged to work with the Monrovia office of LET to provide electricity to ensure that night classes are not interrupted. The President also promised to work with other relevant institutions to work out modalities to provide micro-credit facilities for participants. President Johnson Sirleaf challenged LET Monrovia office to formulate programs that would train adult learners acquire additional skills.

The President who was responding to requests by adult literacy participants of their desire to expand their skills beyond reading and writing, praised the women for their determination to learn. She assured the women of her support in ensuring that they reach their potential.

The participants expressed gratitude to President Johnson Sirleaf and other donors for instituting the adult literacy program. They individually displayed skills and knowledge acquired under the six months program.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of LET-Liberia, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, has thanked Implementing Partners for collaborating with LET to ensure the successful implementation of the program. Dr. Kandakai praised the President for leading the effort to support literacy programs for market women and promised the organizationsí commitment to ensuring that more market women are encouraged to read and write.

The Liberia Educational Trust, which has already awarded one-thousand, two hundred scholarships to females around the country, has literacy Programs for 200-hundred learners in the South-eastern counties of Maryland, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh and Rivergee, while Montserrado, Rivercess, Nimba, and Margibi counties account for one-thousand participants. Most of the women participating in the adult literacy programs are marketers and petty traders

The Liberian Education Trust, the brainchild of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is a private initiative, funded by private donors and individuals including philanthropists, as well as Billionaire George Sorosí Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA).