MONROVIA, Montserrado – Around 1,875 teachers are going to benefit from a partnership between Teach For Liberia and the Profuturo Foundation, a Spanish education program aimed at providing quality digital education for children in countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.
“The cross-country partnership will consist of Teach For All Network partners Teach For Liberia, Teach For Tanzania, Teach For Nigeria and Teach For Spain, with support from the Profuturo Foundation to train 15,000 teachers across the continent,” a Teach For Liberia press release said.
Through this partnership, TFL is set to deliver digital skills and pedagogical training to the teachers, emphasizing the importance of innovation, creativity, and leadership of teachers to meet the needs of Liberia’s most underserved children and communities.
The participants of the training are expected to join a community of nearly 2,000 local teachers who according to the press release, “will interact in the interest of reimagining the education sector in Liberia during a time when distance and remote learning are critical to the success of our students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In further news, participants who will complete the training and exhibit mastery will be eligible for micro-grant support of up to US$1,000 to showcase a proof of concept. The prize dubbed the Innovation Prize, will allow teachers to pilot their ideas and share with stakeholders to support continuous learning initiatives.
Teach For Liberia intends to reach 125,000 Liberian children by 2025 and greatly improve their prospects by placing over 700 high-quality teachers in 90 schools.
Already, First Lady Clar Weah has voiced her support for the partnership. In her address, the first lady expressed her concern that quite many Liberian children have been denied an opportunity to be in school and that this partnership is greatly welcome in the country.
According to its website, Teach For Liberia aims to improve the education system by recruiting high-achieving young professionals with a minimum first degree, training them with “the relevant skills and methods to be exceptional teachers,” and placing them in high needs schools in underserved communities.
Correction: A previous version listed the deadline of Teach For Liberia’s goal of reaching 125,000 Liberian children as 2049. It has been corrected to reflect 2025.
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