-Calls For Local Languages To Be Taught In Liberian Schools
The Executive Director of the Liberia Translation and Literacy Organization, LIBTRALO has called on the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Education to include some of the local languages in the Liberian school curriculum to ensure that Liberians become owners of their own languages.
The LIBTRALO boss averred that it is very important for Liberians to begin learning their local languages in school, especially those in the rural areas who do not speak and understand the English language, “this will enhance their educational capacity,” he pointed out.
According to Mr. David K. Setiyee, LIBTRALO believes that when the Liberian children begin their education in their home languages, they will learn faster and better and will build a foundation of strong bridge as they transition to English.
Mr. Setiyee, made the call on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the newly built headquarters of the literacy organization in Wein Town, Paynesville City, Montserrado County, Liberia in commemoration of the organization’s 24th Anniversary celebration where the Board, staff, member groupings and guests had gathered to reflect on LIBTRALO’s work.
According to him, the organization held a thanksgiving service at the Open Bible Standard Church on Sunday, September 29, 2019, the actual date of the organization’s birth on the Old Road in Monrovia where member associations, members of the Board, staff and others gathered to give God thanks and honor for the many years of existence despite the challenges.
It can be recalled that LIBTRALO was established on September 29, 1995 as a non-profit, non-political, and non-denominational organization with a sole purpose to do translation and literacy into all the languages of Liberia and to offer the opportunity for all to read and write their own vernaculars/ languages.
At the same time, LIBTRALO ED as he is referred to by his colleagues during his anniversary statement, lavished praises on the organization’s lone partner, the Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) for providing One Hundred & Sixty-six Thousand (166,000.00) United States dollars out of Two hundred & Thirty Thousand (230,000.00) United States dollars for the construction of its modern headquarters in Paynesville. He thanked his staff for the level of cooperation in the midst of a huge challenge in getting the work of the organization done.
He also used the occasion to call on philanthropic and humanitarian organizations to support LIBTRALO in the completion of the building in the tone of Eighty Thousand (80,000.00) United States dollars.
Meanwhile, Mr. Setiyee has extended on behalf of the Liberia Translation and Literacy Organization deepest condolences to the Muslim Community for the deaths of more than twenty-five (25) school going children and their teachers who died in a recent fire disaster in Paynesville.