“Literacy is key to learning”, says Bridge Liberia Academics Manager at World Literacy Day Commemoration

Michari Tomah-Samukai~Academics Manager-Bridge Liberia

The world is today marking International Literacy Day, under the theme “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.”

The annual commemoration of International Literacy Day raises awareness about literacy and how it contributes to human rights and dignity, while promoting  steps taken towards achieving a literate and sustainable society among others.

Literacy is the foundation of learning which directly impacts the lives of people and the society in general.

Bridge Liberia is one education partner that is supporting the Liberian Government to achieve  its literacy agenda through improving learning gains for the students in government primary schools.

Basic literacy skills like reading, writing, listening and speaking must be tackled and properly taught by teachers to ensure students get the basis to learn for the future.

Education providers like Bridge Liberia, educational programs are carefully designed to ensure that students attain the literacy skills required to make them competitive learners.

In 2019, a learning in Liberia year 3 report disclosed that 4 in 5 students become readers in two and a half years after enrolling in a Bridge Liberia supported school.

As the global community commemorates another literacy day, the call to transform literacy learning spaces cannot be overemphasized.

At the official event organized by the Ministry of Education, Bridge Liberia Academics Manager, Michari Tomah Samukai called on all partners in the education sector to ensure they play their part in creating a literate society.

“Literacy is key to learning, therefore we all must ensure our contribution towards a literate Liberia is intentional and deliberate, in order to achieve the needed results”.

As Bridge Liberia joins the global community to celebrate International Literacy Day, the organization remains committed to ensuring students who are a part of its ecosystem get the required learning experience.

This can only be achieved by ensuring teachers are in the classrooms and teaching world class lessons to students to ensure they learn.

To have qualified teachers, they must be trained and equipped to handle the classroom.

The Bridge Liberia approach to teaching cuts across this.

Bridge Liberia trains teachers on specific teaching principles, techniques and technological skills that a contemporary teacher needs for the effective delivery of learning materials in the classroom.

These teachers are monitored through both human and technological means to ensure they go to class and deliver lessons effectively.

This method of learning has been proven to work and is recommended by Nobel Prize Winner Michael Kremer, latest report on education stating, “ If replicated at scale across public education systems, the gains could be enough to put African children from underserved communities on track to match their peers in countries with incomes three or four times higher.”

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13517 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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