Education Minister Calls For ‘War Against Ignorance’

Education Minister, Etmonia D. Tarpeh, has underscored the need for Liberians to wage war against ignorance in the society.

She stressed that the battle against ignorance cannot be the sole responsibility of the Ministry of Education, noting that it should be a fight for other organizations and individuals to intervene to liberate the Liberian society.

The Education minister made the statement on Tuesday when the Ministry of Education and the Alfalit International-Liberia branch signed a Memorandum of Understanding to teach adult literacy in schools across the country.

Education Minister Tarpeh and Mr. Kenneth Y. Best signed for their respective institutions at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Education on Third Street in Sinkor.

She observed that Alfalit International-Liberia has been teaching market women in the market places to learn how to read and write, but hoped that the program will provide lessons that relate to their businesses.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Board of Alfalit International –Liberia, Kenneth Y. Best, said the objective of Alfalit is to promote adult literacy throughout Liberia.

Mr. Best pointed out that the teaching of adult literacy to every Liberian to develop 100 percent literate adults in Liberia, which started in 2006 in Montserrado County, has been able to teach thousands of Liberians in the 15 counties.

He said with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, Alfalit International –Liberia remains committed to strengthening the adult literacy program in Liberia, particularly for market women.