Education Minister, Etomina Tarpeh
MOE Launches Early Childhood Education Campaign
By Richard Stephens
MONROVIA, April 24 (LINA) -The Ministry of Education says it has launched a campaign to improve its early childhood education program.
Assistant Minister of Education for Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Felicia Doe-Sumah, disclosed that the campaign is intended to create public awareness about the importance of sending the child to school early.
She said early schooling is a vital aspect of any child’s learning process, and noted that the campaign, which is already ongoing in Monrovia, will be extended to other parts of the country in May this year.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Minister Doe-Sumah spoke Thursday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing held in the Charles Gbenyon Press Hall.
Minister Doe-Sumah attributed the continued mass failure of Liberian students in public exams to the lack of solid foundation in early childhood education.
She also wants the government, parents as well as the communities to play their respective roles in the development of the early childhood education program in Liberia.
The Assistant Education Minister disclosed that the Ministry of Education formed a partnership with the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to develop the early childhood education program.
She said the partnership brought together secondary schools, colleges and universities.
Meanwhile, Minister Doe-Sumah has lauded the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) for its help in developing the early childhood education curriculum.
In a related development, the Dean of the Early Childhood Education program at the Stella Maris Polytechnic, Mrs. Florence Kromah, has underscored the need to train more teachers in the area of early childhood education.
In remarks during the press briefing, Madam Kromah said teachers who have obtained certificates in elementary education could be trained in early childhood education to make them more functional in the program.