By Grace Udofia
Liberia’s Ministry of Education has announced plans to launch a scheme aimed at producing 9,000 lessons which will be aired through radio, television and other means to reach students across the country amid COVID-19 disruptions.
Minister of Education Ansu Sonni, who spoke in Monrovia on Tuesday, explained that the programme is to be sponsored by the Global Partnership for Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF as its grant agent.
According to him, the establishment of this continuous education will contribute greatly to the education system in the midst of whatsoever kinds of outbreak.
“The Ministry has embarked on establishing a continued learning platform that covers radio and television for continued learning for students irrespective of any emergency; adding that the COVID-19 outbreak led to more students dropping out of school.
“This project, when successful will help students greatly in learning through different medium in the wake of any sicknesses or diseases as well as catching up on other lessons they did not understand while in class.
“It will also help in encouraging other students who have dropped out of school to see the need to re-enroll in completing their high school requirements.
“Many times we download other people’s lectures and referred to them, your notes will be downloaded by others. These lectures are not going to be restricted to Liberia platform alone, it will be available to the rest of the world,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief of Education at UNICEF, Nabongo Charles, revealed plans by UNICEF to work with the Ministry of Education for school to be fully open in the country even as he commended them for the intervention.
“Many children are out of school following the outbreak of this virus, but this initiative will help children come back to school,” he said.