Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is conducting a week-long ‘upgrading skills’ workshop for caregivers and teachers on the Early Child Caregivers Development (ECCD) Curriculum developed by the government of Liberia.
The workshop is being conducted in Careysburg District barely one week ahead of the opening of primary and secondary schools in the country. The Assistant Minister of Education, Felecia Do-Sumah said it is an opportunity for teachers to have the first public interaction with children.
She challenged caregivers and teachers to work in strengthening the Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Ministry. Min. Sumah praised Save the Children for its continuous supports to the government’s efforts in educating children throughout the country.
She said in the past, the country lacked the necessary materials needed that were required to build the foundation for the children’s education. She said the children didn’t have a set curriculum for learning.
According to the Minister, this new curriculum that has been developed for the children is a clear indication that the government and its partners have prioritized the children and that the behavior of even the teachers towards their pupils will portray a good image to their up-bringing.
Min. Sumah cautioned the teachers to understand the materials properly before impacting knowledge to the children effectively. She challenged them to digest the materials since it would be used as a contributing pillar to growth and development of the children.
The National Early Child Development Coordinator at Save the Children, Anita Jones said while the curriculum is in the testing stage, the contents that are in the materials would be used and that is the essence of the workshop.
She said in the curriculum are provisions of learning centers that meet international standards relating to the early education of children.
Ms. Jones said the exercise is supported by OSIWA and that Save the Children is partnering with one of its implementers in Careysburg, Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK), to reach to caregivers and teachers in the Todee and Careysburg Districts.
The workshop is also being facilitated by Lia Van Nieuwenhuigzen, an education specialist from the Netherlands who is jointly discussing topics such as the framework of the national ECD Curriculum, the five dysfunctions of a team; developing the child friendly learning environment, child growth and development and using materials to enhance learning in the ECCD classroom.