Madame Musu Konneh is a member of a literacy session started in May in Vaye Town, Gbarpolu County, one of 9 community sessions recently initiated in this area of Liberia. The program has as its aim to empower potential women leaders who have been constrained to play leadership roles, owing in part to the fact that they do not speak or write English. It is also within the context of the RRF’s program of getting citizens to become active in the dialogue on how natural resource governance takes place. Musu is the Vice Chair of the community’s Project Management Committee, a group put together by residents to advocate lobbying for additional resources to realize their development goals and achieve greater benefits from the extraction of natural resources in their areas.
In her paraphrased words, Musu told our staff members during a recent training program, with regards to the success she has made in the literacy numeracy training: ‘This program has helped me greatly. Before the program with RRF, I was unable to stand and even speak in front of people, but today I am able to spell and write my name correctly. Today I can talk during our town hall meeting because of this program. This program is too good to us, I am now able to talk to my Representative (law maker from the area) for our people. My children and grandchildren are so proud of me; I am very proud of myself.’ Madame Musu continued, ‘All the training we have received is helping us now in the town, which is to make us work together in the district, and we want this program to go to all parts of the county.’
Madame Musu Konneh is one of over 100 women who are enrolled in the RRF program of basic literacy, numeracy and empowerment for women leaders in the area. There are many other women like her who are so proud and feel glad that they can benefit from the program.
With more support from our donors many more women, who had not had the opportunity to enroll in formal or non formal education programs before can develop confidence in themselves, advocate for the cause of women and children and dialogue with policy makers for increased development for their areas.
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