Antioch, California, March 1, 2021.
Antioch, California, United States. On March 19, 2021, Learning Squared Liberia, organized an official launch in Liberia. The program brought together over 150 participants, including government officials, civil society actors, students, policymakers, civil society organizations, principals, community leaders, national and international NGO representatives. Key guests also included Nobel Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Aliou Tall (Acting Education office Director, USAID / Liberia) representing the US Government, Hon. Hassan Karneh (Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, MoGCSP) and Mr. John B.S Davies III, President & CEO, Liberian Bank for Development, and Investment. (LBDI).
The objective was to formally launch Learning Squared-Liberia within the civil society sector in Liberia. It also sought to explore possible partnership opportunities with other organizations and to create awareness about the importance of the model of Learning Squared. As it relates to creating access to quality and affordable education and improving learning outcomes for children in rural Liberia; specifically intertwined with women’s empowerment as a primary source of physical, emotional, and social protection for their children’s education.
The launch created an avenue to highlight the significance of Learning Squared’s holistic approach to sustaining and providing access to quality and affordable education and the organization’s innovative solutions to help women fund their children’s education.
On her part, the keynote speaker, Madam, Leymah Gbowee, expressed gratitude to Learning Squared’s team and reminded them of the huge task and challenges within the education sector in Liberia. Madam Gbowee spoke about the work her foundation is doing in Liberia with children from all over the country. She stressed the need to reinforce the education system and invest in other opportunities outside of the classroom. She urged all Liberians to move beyond just school fees payment and look at other areas of education. She also thanked the management of Learning Squared Liberia for its innovative practices that continue to put smiles on the faces of ordinary women and children in rural Liberia.
Speaking at the launch, President and Founder of Leaning Squared Liberia, Mr. Anthony S. Kolaco Sr., noted that, “We are finding practical solutions to the many challenges women and children face in rural Liberia in terms of access to quality and affordable education in rural Liberia, our model is a systemic approach that is designed and tailored to work with women, children, communities, and schools in rural Liberia. We are reversing the 'concrete first' approach and focusing on quality and sustainability using a holistic approach to education.
We have provided tuition, learning materials, book bags, and created an opportunity to sustain our programs by introducing our social microfinance for rural women, to increase their income and help fund their children’s education”. Mr. Kolaco further noted the impact and achievements of the organization in just four years and urged local and international donors to support their interventions in expanding the program to other parts of Liberia.
Making a short remark, John B.S Davies III, President & CEO, of the Liberian Bank for Development, and Investment. (LBDI), cautioned participants to take education seriously as they have always done with other sectors in Liberia. He lauded Learning Squared for its commitment to support children’s education in rural Liberia. He further suggested the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) keen interest in working with Learning Squared in establishing a school feeding program. “I think, if we provide incentives for our children to go to school, it will increase enrollment and retention in schools,” Mr. Davies noted. As a contribution to the work, he donated five hundred united dollars to support the work of the organization.
Representing the United States government and USAID in Liberia, Dr. Aliou Tall (Acting Education office Director, USAID / Liberia) applauded Learning Squared Liberia for the level of commitment and sacrifice taken to help solve some of the challenges within the education sector in Liberia. Dr. Tall further noted the significance of the sector to Liberia’s development agenda. He stressed the importance of the USAID education program in Liberia and its commitment to serve the Liberian people. He further noted that USAID’s doors are always open to working with Learning Squared Liberia.
On his part the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, MoGCSP, Hon. Hassan Karneh extended the government’s support to the team and lauded Learning Squared for working in key areas which the ministry supports. He mentioned social protection and child protection as key elements of the program that the ministry would like to strengthen partnership with the organization.
“We are proud to have achieved all these despites the incredibly challenging years it has been, and we are excited to partner and work with schools and communities in rural in Liberia in helping to advance access to education,” the Chairman of the Board of Learning Squared Liberia, Mr. Paul M. Boakai
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