A one-year USAID (United States Agency for International Development) funded project aim at improving education in Liberia was on Wednesday inaugurated in Monrovia.
The USAID-Liberia Accountability Voice Initiative (LAVI) funded project was officially launched at a local Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia, where various civil society actors met to kick off discussions on the project’s implementation.
“This exercise is a one-year project intended to improve the outcome of learning in this country and ensure that government increases its budgetary allotment to education in this country,” Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) Executive Director, Anderson Miamen told attendees at Wednesday’s launching event.
Throughout the implementation of the project, Miamen further intoned that the Liberia Accountability and Voice Imitative (LAVI) would play monitoring and supervisory role. “There are seven stakeholder organizations that will be implementing this project,” Miamen also disclosed to a team of journalists in an exclusive interview.
The implementing groups, he intoned, include the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Center for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE), the National Parents and Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NAPTANOL), Help our People Excel (HOPE), Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia (YOCEL), Inclusive Development Initiative (IDI), and the Youth Movement for Collective Action Implementers (UMOVEMENT).
According to the project’s dictates, each of the seven groups has a specific function to perform during the execution period, with an overall objective of ensuring that the country’s educational system is improved, as well as guaranteeing the space for increased advocacy for quality implementation of the government of Liberia’s educational reform agenda.
Speaking during the official launching event of the stakeholders’ conference on the Liberian education sector, Senator Dallas Gueh, chief launcher of the project, assured stakeholders that he would give his fullest backing to the exercise, noting that “absolutely no need for them to worry about him.”
“You really don’t need to lobby for my support on this,” Senator Gueh averred. He added: “I was there in the classroom. As a former instructor, I know exactly what the challenges are facing our educational system. You can rest assure that you have my fullest support for this endeavor. I will continue to lobby for increment of budgetary allocation for education in this country.”
He particularly requested the USAID and other development of the government to increase support to the country’s educational sector. “Let me inform our partners that they continue to do a great job but, I want to let you know that all that you have been giving to this sector is small to meet the challenges at hand. We must collectively work around the scene to generate the funds required for the enhancement of education in Liberia. The Ministry of education must also ensure that it gets rid of duplicated names on the payroll. This, too, is severely affecting our system.”