The Ministry of Education (MoE) in Collaboration with UNICEF has begun conducting a one – week training workshop on Early Childhood Development (ECD) for elementary teachers in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Speaking in an interview with this paper, the Director for Region Two at the Bureau of Early Childhood, Ministry of Education, Heanneah Farwenee said the training is intended to inform teachers on the importance of the early childhood development curriculum at their various schools in the country.
She says the educational sector plan for 2010 -2020 committed the ministry to lead the holistic and cross sectoral coordination efforts around early childhood development.
She says Liberia’s 2010 Global Partnership for Education Grants earmarked funds to expand access to pre-primary education through class room construction, furnishing, materials [and] development.
In 2011, the MOE set up a special unit, the Bureau for Early Childhood Education to focus specifically on young children.In the same year, Liberia approved its national inter- sectoral policy on early childhood development and a new Education Reform Act was promulgated, which commits the government to providing the primary education.With support from external experts, the government has been developing early childhood framework with four aims.
They include raising community awareness about intervention on early childhood, developing skills of service providers, creating a professional development program in teachers training institutions and developing capacity within higher education institutions to deliver degree program and conduct research in child development.
Madam Farwenee says participants of the one week teachers’ workshop have been drawn from five counties, namely Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa, River Cess and Bong Counties.
The Director of Region Two for Early Childhood Development at the Ministry says she is hoping that after the training, participants will be able effectively utilize the early childhood curriculum beginning academic 2018-2019 and pay attention to the learning needs of children between ages of 3 to 5 years.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley