28 January 2013

Liberia: GOL, UNICEF Sign $6.5 Million Quality Educational Pact

The Government of Liberia (GoL) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed a quality education deal worth US$6.5Million. UNICEF, which was founded in 1946 and assembled by the United Nations during World War 2, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.

The GoL/UNICEF signing ceremony, which took place Friday, 25 January 2013, at the Ministry of Education's Sinkor, Monrovia office, was the MOE's 2013 Work Plan which aims to increase access to quality education and improved learning environment for boys and girls of school going age in the country.

The major focus of the signed Annual Work Plan at the national level for 2013 will include advocacy and policy dialogue for strengthening the national Strategic Roadmap for national healing, peace building and reconciliation; with the education program component geared towards supporting the MOE in responding to disparities in rural and urban areas.

Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh signed on behalf of the GoL, while UNICEF Resident Representative to Liberia, Isabel Crowley signed on behalf of her organization. During the signing ceremony, the UNICEF-Liberia Resident Representative indicated that she was delighted to be a part of the occasion which primary focus was for the children of Liberia and the country's education sector.

She pledged her organization's unflinching support and stressed that she would continue to work along with authorities of the MOE for the fulfillment of the implementation of the signed agreement. Among others, the education program of the signed GoL/UNICEF agreement will take a life-circle approach by using the early childhood development as a foundation for address for addressing access and quality in pre-primary and basic education.

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