The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alfalit International-Liberia for the purpose of carrying out adult literacy programs throughout the fifteen counties of Liberia.
Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best Alfalit Liberia’s Board Chairman said the signing of the MOU is a critical and important undertaking to spread and enhance Adult Literacy in the country.
Mr. Best a veteran Journalist stressed the importance of having a literate society and noted that the MOU will go a long way in improving the reading and writing skills of market women, saying, “This MOU is about an endeavor to enable people read and write throughout Liberia.”
Mr. Best further noted that the agreement embodied in the MOU is for the Ministry of Education and Alfalit International-Liberia to commit themselves to enhancing adult literacy. “We must reach out to citizens and residents to make them become functionally literate,” he added.
Mr. Best said after getting skills to be able to read and write, the next step would be computer education because the world is now a global village in which one cannot do anything without the computer.
The Executive Director of Alfalit International-Liberia the Rev. Emmanuel Gitten for his part, promised his organization’s commitment to ensuring that the terms and framework of the MOU will be implemented, saying, “The document will be a living one and not one that is placed on the shelves”.
Education Minister, Madam Etmonia Tarpeh, described the signing of the MOU as something overdue.
She said it is not the signing of the MOU that really matters but the work the Alfalit is doing and the Ministry of Education’s chance of doing what it can to support the process.
Minister Tarpeh also stressed the need not for the attainment of adult literacy but an improvement of local languages.
She lauded Alfalit’s work and the level of work it’s doing and commended Mr. Best and the USAID for support to Alfalit.
The signing ceremony was graced by Julia B. Richards; Education team Leader for the USAID in Liberia among other dignitaries.