WE-CARE Foundation (WE-CARE), a local Education NGO, under its Critical Thinking Liberia (CT-L) program has ended the first of four training workshops for teacher trainers of the rural teacher training institutes (RTTIs) in the country. The workshop, which took place at the KRTTI in Kakata, Margibi County, ran from January 27 – 30, 2015 and brought together 30 trainer-participants from KRTTI, WRTTI & ZRTTI, and three staff from the Ministry of Education and WE-CARE.
WE-CARE Foundation Programs Coordinator, Mrs. Yvonne Capehart-Weah, urged the teacher educators to make the best use of the gathering.
She stressed that monitoring and mentorship will follow the training. She informed participants thatWE-CARE Foundation, as a certified member of Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium (RWCT-IC), has embarked on this 18-month initiative to get teacher trainers at the RTTIs trained and certificated in the best teaching methods and strategies for active learning and critical thinking, the pivot for an environ where students are learning to become active and productive citizens.
For his part, Asst. Minister for Teacher Education, M. Blokonjay Jackson, encouraged the participants to take the training very important and implement whatever knowledge they acquired.
He applauded WE-CARE Foundation and her partners and promised the Ministry’s collaboration in its programs, stressing professional development for teachers and teacher educators, which will enhance the quality of teacher training and teachers’ performance in Liberia.
At the end of the workshop, each participant received a supply of teacher education books and five packets of WE-CARE’s Ebola Prevention Home School Package.
WE-CARE Foundation is a certified member of the Reading and Writing Critical Thinking-International Consortium (RWCT-IC),and an affiliate of Critical Thinking International (CTI),implementing the RWCT program (a professional development program for teachers and teacher educators in best practices of teaching for active learning and critical thinking). It has been certified to conduct Critical Thinking workshops and seminars both locally and internationally.
Over the last four years (from 2011-2014), WE-CARE with support from Open Society Initiative (OSI)has conducted professional development trainings in Zambia and Malawi on the concept and pedagogy of critical thinking and active learning where over 75teacher educators from universities and colleges were certificated.
The KRTTI workshop was an initiative of the WE-CARE Foundation in partnership with Ministry of Education, with support from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) through OSIWA Monrovia Office.