WE-CARE Ends RWCT Trainings, Certificates 30 Teacher Trainers
The Critical Thinking Liberia program of WE-CARE Foundation has completed the training of 30 teacher trainers from Liberia's three rural teachers training institutions: Kakata, Zorzor, and Werbbo. Of the 30 trainers, 13 received certificates of achievement as Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) teachers while the remaining 17 received certificates of participation.
Providing a brief history of RWCT in Liberia, Mrs. Yvonne Capehart Weah, Program Coordinator of WE-CARE Foundation, pointed out that RWCT started in Liberia in 2007 with the training of a code group of teachers at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. A code group of these teachers has built their capacity and are trainers and certifiers of RWCT-IC. They have trained teachers at the tertiary level in Zambia and Malawi.
Serving as keynote speaker, Hon. Advertus O. Wright, Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, Ministry of Education, called on the trainers of the RTTIs to make the best use of the skills acquired during the trainings. He lauded the efforts of WE-CARE Foundation and her partner the Open Society Foundation (OSF)/OSIWA for their continuous intervention to strengthening Liberia's education sector. Hon Wright recounted that in 2008, the Liberian government through the Ministry of Education, endorsed the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) as a teaching methodology to be used across the nation.
For her part, Madam Ellen Fatu Varfley, Director of Professional Development at the Bureau of Teacher Education, Ministry of Education, who presented the certificates called on the certificated trainers to refrain from blames shifting and take actions that will better the sector. She said it was important that trainers value their roles as they prepare teachers for the nation.
Also speaking at the certification program were Ambassador Kronyanh Moses Weefur, WE-CARE Foundation Board Chair, and Mr. James Greaves, Administrative Assistant to the County Education Officer (CEO) of Margibi County.
Critical Thinking Liberia(CT-L) is a professional development program that trains teachers, teacher educators and other professionals in critical thinking methodologies and strategies . It is an initiative of WE-CARE Foundation and her partner the Open Society Foundation. CT-L overall goal is to introduce and incorporate the RWCT method of teaching into the school system that will produce the type of citizens for Liberia's development as a democratic society.