Learners begin sustainability activities
In January 2011 Rights and Rice Foundation witnessed the graduation of close to 600 women learners in literacy and numeracy from 2009 and 2010 learning cycles. The women are literacy participants from 20 communities who have never been exposed to formal schooling. The graduates are now able to write their names, write numbers up to 100, attend to their medical needs, better manage their small businesses and moreover they are now informed about their civic rights and responsibilities and are now voting in elections in a more informed manner.
Due to the success of the first and second rounds of the training program, 15 of the communities have decided to undertake their own projects which will help to fund raise and help finance part of their training costs including training workbooks, and cover part of the remuneration for their training facilitators. This assistance will help other women to enroll in the program who did not take part in the first or second cycles. The current graduates will also further their learning.
With the support of our donors, we are truly witnessing the transformation of the roles of rural women from just serving as housewives and are now actively involved as agents for positive change in their communities. They are now active participants in their communities taking major decisions, with their male counterparts, on the issues which affect their lives.
Rights and Rice Foundation will undertake training programs for the community learners in the areas of small business and group management, as well as technical skills training in the various projects such as vegetable, rice, root and tuber production which proceeds they will market and save money for their learning programs. We are very encouraged by this initiative of the learners and will appreciate the support from our donors to augment the efforts of communities in helping to expand and replicate the success being recorded.
Prepared by Rights and Rice Foundation, Liberia - October 2011