Lending a helping hand
The Reading Liberia program(RL) trains in-service teachers for the C- Primary Teacher Certificate with focus on basic pedagogical skills, reading and writing in the classroom while incorporating critical thinking and participatory learning. WE-CARE Reading Liberia Program is one of the few institutions with the mandate from the Ministry of Education to certificate primary teachers. The program objective (besides pedagogical skills and content) is to train and qualify teachers to teach the Liberian children to read and to write, two of the most important components presently missing in the primary grades. The teacher training program runs for a period of 18 months (Four 7 days workshop followed by intensive monitoring, mentoring and assessment in the classroom). The RL program is in four counties
(Monrtserrado, Bomi, Margibi and Bassa) and operates in 42 primary schools; about 1,350 teachers have gone through the program with about 600 being certificated with the C-Certificate. Reading Liberia also produces children readers that are fun to read and culturally relevant and in which the children can see themselves in them. The books are written, illustrated and designed by Liberian writers, illustrators and book designers trained by WE-CARE. To date, 22 children readers have been published under this program and WE-CARE continues to produced at least seven children books every year. This is to fulfill WE-CARE goal to support reading by making a variety of interesting books available to the Liberian children and specifically to its 42 primary program school libraries. This also includes reading activities such as reading competition on the school, district and county levels which WE-CARE presently does; for 2019, it was done in Bassa.
Reading Liberia has several components:
The Girl Accelerated Learning Initiative (GALI) is an after school program for over-aged girls ( 8- 15 years in grades 1-3) by preparing them to be promoted at least twice a year to enable them to be in their age appropriate grades.
The CALIBRI Program - uses technology in the classroom working with computer tablets. The tablets are used with learning materials downloaded from the net for the students to use in the classroom. There are 30 tablets in only one school for now but WE-CARE is seeking means for more tablets for some of her other RL schools.
RL also has a division that teaches teachers how to make teaching aid using local materials.
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:00
Saturday 9:00 - 4:00
Carey and Gurley Street
Monrovia, Liberia 1000