On the sidelines of the start of an extensive government teacher training exercise in Ganta City, Nimba County, Bridge Country Director, Griffin Asigo has met with educational stakeholders of the county. The discussion paved the way for the Nimba and Bridge teams to discuss educational improvements taking place in the county and plans for the future.
Director Asigo praised the people of Nimba for their increasing commitment to education; their continuous hospitality and their contribution to the success story of Bridge in Liberia so far. Bridge runs seven public schools in Nimba as part of the Government’s impressive LEAP programme. The teacher training exercise is bringing hundreds of teachers from across several counties to Ganta and training them to use modern child centered teaching approaches to enthuse students and improve learning ahead of the start of the new school semester.
During the meeting, Asigo promised Bridge’s continuous support to students, teachers and communities across Nimba in ensuring that the promise to deliver quality education to every child is achieved. “We cannot stop until we have changed the trajectory of learning in the country. Education is the key to success, and we bring technology in the classroom to provide quality lessons to the teachers bringing well researched teaching methods to the implementation of the local curriculum. Supporting teachers to succeed and improving teacher capacity building through training and coaching is vital,” he said.
Amidst cheers he continued, “We will also continue to collaborate more with the county education office to ensure there is knowledge sharing and monitoring support through the Education Officers. Local Education Official support is key to sustainability of the LEAP program and complements provider inputs at the schools.”
Speaking earlier, Nimba County Superintendent Dorr Cooper, who is also Vice Juror of the President of Liberia, welcomed the innovations offered by LEAP and Bridge in what he called ‘Fast changing the course of education from mess to best.’
He recognised the sacrifice and effort put in by all teachers to train Liberian students, ‘When I hear that teachers are struggling, it saddens me, as a government we will do all we can to recognise you all.’
He continued ‘Taking assignment in some of our hard to reach communities with places unfavorable conditions is something we will continue to recognise and appreciate, you all are amazing and are building Liberia’s future!’
The Nimba County Superintendent said he is delighted that for the next ten days hundreds of teachers will benefit from an intensive training and upskilling programme helping them master new and improved ways to manage their classrooms and teach children. More importantly he is delighted that the training will not stop there and that from now on, in LEAP, they will continue to have support and coaching to go higher and higher.
One of the new teachers undergoing the training programme , Martha Daibolo of Kpai Public School in Bong County, central Liberia expressed excitement over what they are learning at the training. She said booting a tablet for the first time is a wonderful experience.
‘We are learning how to teach from computer, do classroom scanning and management plus new super cheers that make classroom experience exciting’ she narrated.
Opening ceremonies of the Bridge Liberia teacher training event saw in attendance, Nimba County CEO, Moses S. Dologbay, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, Nimba, Saye E. L. Musa, Regional Education Officer, MOE, George S.S Wuo, MOE Communication Director, MOE Maxim Bletahn amongst others inspired by the change being offered to teachers.