Tewah Fayiah is 23 years old, a resident of Bayama community, a beneficiary of the functional adult literacy project implemented by Rights and Rice Foundation. Before the Liberian civil war she was 8 years. In an interview, Tewah said that she had never been to formal school as the result of the 15 year civic unrest in Liberia. Tewah has long wished to acquire formal education but feeling too old to sit with children in the beginner’s class (ABC).
Tewah has made up her mind after attending the functional adult literacy program in 2009 for nine months to enroll to formal school. She took part in the literacy course in 2009. The reading and writing skills acquired by Tewah Fayiah have motivated her to sit among her peers in the 4th grade last academic year; she is now registered for the 5th grade for the new academic school year 2010- 2011, at the Kpormbu Road Public School, Foya District, Lofa County.
Tewah who is supported by her poor mother who also benefited from the literacy program, plans to be a nurse in the future if she completes high school. She is now serving as motivator to her peers, who benefited from the Literacy program. Rebecca Alex and Finda Fayiah both beneficiaries of the Literacy class have also decided to follow Tewah’s example and plan to enroll into formal school when school reopens in September this year.
The Literacy program of Rights and Rice Foundation not only offers reading, writing and numeracy skills but it is now an impetus for young Liberian girls like Teweh to begin their academic journey and become productive citizens for the future.
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