‘Reading Liberia’ Trains 265 Teachers

WE-CARE Foundation, under its comprehensive reading program, Reading Liberia has ended a four-day teachers’ training workshop forover 265 teachers. The training, according to the Coordinator of WE-CARE Madam Yvonne Capehart Weah, was the first in the three-parttraining which she said is aimed at improving the teaching skills of the participants.

Madam Weah further explained that the teachers were introduced to best teaching practices, that encourage students centered activities and participatory learning.

The workshop, which ran from August27-30, was held at 11 centers in three counties, Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi, respectively. This was Reading Liberia Cluster 2 teacher training. The program will be involved with 265 teachers in 25 public and community based schools over the next two years. Since 2009 – 2012, WE-CARE has already done Cohort 1, 2 and 3 and cluster 1 involving 1,250 teachers.

Reading Liberia is a WE-CARE/CODE supported reading program that trains teachers in the content and pedagogy using critical thinking methodologies and strategies.

On another note, the WE-CARE Foundation has ended its Children vacation program, the Story Hour for Kids. The Story Hour for Kids program whichteaches children to read and to develop love for books, was conducted at the Point Four Elementary School in the Borough of New Kru Town.

According to Ms. Siatta Getaweh, Supervisor of Story Hour for Kids 2013, the program improved the reading skills of over 400 children from the Borough and surrounding communities.

WE-CARE Foundation with support of her partners, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) and the International Book Banks (IBB), divided over 3,500 copies of assorted readers to the participants.  The library of the Point Four Elementary School will also be renovated and supplied with books, Ms. Getaweh further said.

Meanwhile, WE-CARE Foundation Executive Director T. Michael Weah spoke about the National Reading Campaign, which was about to be launched, and urged the students and their parents to always find time to read. He stressed that reading along with its sister activity writing, is everything.