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Ministry of Education and Partners Celebrate African Day of School Feeding

Monrovia, Liberia – On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Ministry of Education joined with partners including the World Food Programme (WFP), Save The Children, and Mary’s Meals to celebrate the African Day of School Feeding.

 

In attendance were the Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. and members of his staff. There were also representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the United States of America, the African Union (AU), the World Bank, Mary’s Meals, Save The Children, and the World Food Programme.

 

Speaking at the event, Minister Sonii noted that improving food security and nutrition in vulnerable communities is essential for Liberia’s development. He called for a renewed focus on improving the production of local agricultural produce, enhancing the quality and diversification of crops, improving management of natural resources, and mitigating risks to food security. Further, he called on all parents to support their children’s education by providing breakfast before they leave home, ensuring that they can participate fully in class and reach their full potential.

 

Cllr. Sayma Syricious Cephus, Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Extension of the Ministry of Agriculture also delivered a guest speech, stressing the need for schools to engage in farming to ensure sustainable sources of food for students. He highlighted the importance of proper nutrition for realizing the potential of the next generation.

 

African School Feeding Day was launched in 2016, following an African Union (AU) resolution acknowledging the contribution of school feeding to human capacity development in Africa. The AU selected March 1 of every year to be celebrated as the African Day for School Feeding and set the guidelines for the day to be honored at the country, regional, and continental levels. The AU Assembly also adopted home-grown school feeding as a continental strategy for enhancing the retention and performance of students while also bringing economic benefits to farmers and local communities.

 

The celebrations in Liberia follow the third annual continental celebration, under the theme “Realizing the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home-Grown School Feeding,” which was held in Harare, Zimbabwe on March 1 of this year, under the patronage of the African Union, the Zimbabwean Government, the WFP, and others. The program brought together senior officials from the African Union, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Ministers from Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Niger, South Sudan, and Liberia as well as representatives from over 30 African Countries. Also represented were development partners, members of the diplomatic corps and civil society groups.

 

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Aftermath of the 2018 National Education Summit

MONROVIA, Liberia – Following three days of dynamic discussion with local and international stakeholders, the Ministry of Education concluded the 2018 National Education Summit on Wednesday.

 

The Summit began with a keynote address from His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, who set the stage for the discussions: “As Nelson Mandela once observed, ‘Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mines, that a child of farm workers can become president of a great nation.’”

 

President Weah added, “We must give every child, every youth of this nation, the same chance, the same opportunity to realise their maximum potential, so that they can contribute to the building of a new Liberia, prosperous and strong.”

 

President Weah’s address was followed by a presentation by Minister of Education Professor Ansu D. Sonii Sr., who urged the participants in the Summit to think big in their aspirations for Liberia’s youth: “Our ideas of education have been kept too narrow. There is a need for a broader scope and a higher aim. True education means more than the perusal of setting courses of study. It means more than the preparation for life. True education has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of the existence of the man. True education prepares the student for the joy of service here now, and the joy of service in the world to come.”

 

The following three days of the Summit included wide-ranging discussions on six themes essential to the transformation of the education sector:

 

  1. Teacher Education & Professionalization
  2. Monitoring, Supervision & Assessment
  3. Learning Environment
  4. Science, TVET & Higher Education
  5. Stakeholder Engagement
  6. Education Financing

 

Based on deliberations during the Summit with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Ministry of Education is now preparing a declaration outlining its plan for ensuring quality education for all Liberian children. The declaration will be released in the coming weeks.

 

 

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2018 National Education Summit Commences

KAKATA, Liberia – Today, the Ministry of Education commenced the 2018 National Education Summit, which brings together a diverse group of local and international stakeholders to discuss the key priorities for education sector reform.

 

The Summit theme – “Prioritizing Education: Why We Should Care” – is aimed at conveying the collective effort needed to provide quality education for every Liberian child.

 

Following an introduction by the Superintendent of Margibi County, Hon. Jerry Varnie, His Excellency President George Manneh Weah will open the event, highlighting his administration’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Education Reform. Minister of Education Professor Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. will then present the government’s priorities for the education sector from 2018-2028. The findings from the recently-concluded Nationwide Listening Tour will also be presented.

 

The Summit will also include panel discussions on six key themes:

 

  1. Teacher Education & Professionalization
  2. Monitoring, Supervision & Assessment
  3. Learning Environment
  4. Science, TVET & Higher Education
  5. Stakeholder Engagement
  6. Education Financing

 

The panels will include participation from representatives of the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, the European Union, and a range of other international and Liberian partners.  During the panels, there will be ample opportunity for stakeholders, education specialists, policymakers, business and community leaders, teachers as well as others with interest in seeing the Liberian education system succeed, to collaborate and shared ideas for improving the education sector.

 

The Summit will conclude with a synthesis of the discussions, which will form the basis of a refined strategy for the education sector.

 

Notes to Editors

 

Date:               21-23 May 2018.

 

Venue:             Booker Washington Institute, Kakata, Margibi County

 

Full Agenda:    CLICK

 

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National Award for Best Public School Teachers and WASSCE Students in Liberia

The European Union in partnership with the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) has launched a national award for the best public school teachers and students in Liberia. All public schools in the country are encouraged to nominate the best-performing teachers in Liberia for the academic year 2017/2018 in the following categories: 1) Early childhood; 2) Primary school; 3) Junior high school; 4) Secondary school; 5) Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET); 6) Rural Teacher Training Institute trainer/Teachers’ College teacher.

 

The top public school teachers’ nation-wide in each of the above categories, together with the best performing male and female students in the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), will receive a special recognition and award.

 

 

The identification process for the National Award for the Best Public School Teachers in Liberia will include different stages of evaluation proceeding from school to district, county and national level. Eligibility criteria for each category have been developed by NTAL and the European Union Delegation to Liberia

 

For more information on selection criteria and prizes, please click to download Full Press Release and Criteria selection documents

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