WE-CARE Foundation, a local Education NGO, under its Reading Liberia program has ended its eighth (8th) training workshop for writers and illustrators at the Market Place on Snapper Hill.The workshop is an initiative of the WE-CARE Foundation and its partner CODE, to build the capacity of writers and illustrators to produce culturally relevant Liberian books which are published every year since 2008.
The five-day workshop was in two phases: Phase 1 included writers, illustrators and photographers from Monday, January 6, to Wednesday, January 8, 2014 and Phase 2, included illustrators and photographers, and ran from Thursday, January 9, to Friday, January 10, 2014.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. E. Wendy Saul, Professor of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and Mr. B D. Colen, Instructor of Photojournalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. Mr. Colen has also worked as reporter at the Washington Post and Newsday of the USA and has won the Pulitzer Prize.
At the workshop, participants were introduced to non-fiction writings and photojournalism. The workshop included ten writers, seven illustrators, two journalists and nine photographers.Cameras and voice recorders were made available to the participants to do a practical photographing tour in the streets of Monrovia and its surroundings.
During the course of the visit of Dr. Saul and Mr. Colen, WE-CARE Foundation certificated 14 trainers and 91 teachers from 26 schools at a certification ceremony at St. Teresa Convent High School in Monrovia, on Friday, January 10, 2014. The Coordinator of WE-CARE, Mrs. Yvonne Weah gave the eight year history of Reading Liberia working along with it partner CODE in training teachers and its contribution to the Liberian educational system especially in reading.
The trainers and teachers were certificated after completing all the steps and processes of the Reading Liberia program.
During the ceremony, Dr. Wendy Saul spoke about the challenges and said, “I am very passionate about education, not just in the U.S, but anywhere there is a child; and Liberia is no exception. Today, you are celebrating with joy because I know and you also know that the certificates you hold open lots of doors for you, but again, honor comes with a greater responsibility and a call to action. I hope you will use the Reading Liberia certificate to make someone else earn a certificate by their performance in the classroom”, he concluded.