IN FIVE MONTHS OF LEARNING LITERACY TRAINEES PRESERVE WITH THEIR LEARNING
The Rights and Rice Foundation team in the north of Liberiahave reported that literacy learners in 10 communities, with 300 learners haveshown great enthusiasm and motivation. After almost five months of their elevenmonths training course, attendance rate is reported to be around 90%. This is significant for number of reasons.Firstly the participants are all women, who have never had the opportunity toattend any formal or non-formal school. Secondly they are hard working mothers,grandmothers and women who have to work very hard in the field, along withtheir male counterparts to provide for their families. Thirdly and in spite oftheir very busy schedule, the women are determined to complete their trainingcourse.
The training is done on average three days a week withparticipants choosing their own time table, usually two hours a day. Usually the training takes place at the endof a hard working day for the women. Their eagerness to learn, using keroseneand portable solar lamps during sessions is exemplary.
Such enthusiasm among women comes against the backgroundthat women have for a long time being denied access to education on culturaland other grounds. They see thisopportunity as a once in a life time and are intent to take full advantage ofit.
Rights and Rice Foundation is grateful for the support ofour donors and can assure that by your various donations you are transforminglives of people who were otherwise marginalized, lack access to information andopportunities and who are now taking their rightful place in building Liberia’syoung democracy.
Report by James M. Yarsiah
Project Leader, Liberia
December 26, 2012
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