The Liberia Education Trust (LET) has ended a three-day partners’ workshop on report writing. The seminar, which brought together LET partners from around the country, was also intended to enlighten partners on how to use the template given them by LET donors.
LET says the template was provided to its partners upon request of donors after the first training in December last year, at which time it was discovered that some partners were not following the template format provided them, something that donors found difficult to comprehend.
The training was held under the theme ‘Strengthening LET Partners in report writing and monitoring was gear to also re-enforce what is already on the book from the previous workshop.
Speaking to journalists about the training, the Executive Director of LET Madam Hester Williams Catakaw said it was prudent that the partners use the format given them to submit their report instead of using various kinds of formats.
“That format was given to us by our donors for our partners to follow in their reports writing, and we than take those reports to lobby for more support for our program for girls education. As you know, it is our partners, who implement the program, but some of them miserably failed to carry on what is expected of them,” she noted.
She said LET has regrettably dropped three of its partners from the list of 17 partners that are implementing the program, adding, “The number has currently been reduced to 14.” She said the dropping of the three from the list was due to their inability to perform despite being warned repeatedly.
Though the LET director declined to disclose names of those partners that were affected, she said they might be reconsidered in the future if they are willing to follow the rules governing the education of girls children.
LET goals and objective are to educate underprivileged girls by providing them scholarships through partners in various schools in Liberia. The program was initiated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to educate every underprivileged Liberian girl child.
Girls benefiting from the program are expected to maintain an 80% average throughout the program, but some of the beneficiaries have reportedly fallen below this standard thus disqualifying them.
Mrs. Catakaw advised partners to counsel the girls and inquire as to why they are dropping in their lessons, saying “The girls are faced with so many problems, so it is good that our partners talk to these girls as to why they are declining in their lessons instead of just dropping them right away from the program.”
She also stressed the need for all schools in the country employ female teachers or female counselors that girls will be comfortable with in expressing problems they are faced with.