Bopolu, Gbarpolu County – As part of the preparation for the resumption of the reintroduction of citizenship education in schools from the 2022-2023 school year – school administrators and teachers from five pre-pilot schools (Bomboma, Henry Town , Zuo, Hilllton Doidee and Bey-Yomo) participated in a three-day training (August 17-19, 2022) to acquire pedagogical skills to effectively deliver lessons on the national citizenship education curriculum. UMOVEMENT, with support from Democracy International (DI), the USAID-funded Electoral and Democratic Activity (EDA), organized the training in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.
The objective of the training is to equip teachers with the skills required to teach learners who, over more than three decades, will begin learning civics in Liberian schools. On April 25, 2022, the Government of Liberia, in an official ceremony, reintroduced civic education in Liberian schools.
Through DI, UMOVEMENT supports the roll-out of the National Citizenship Education Curriculum of the Liberia Ministry of Education and enhances the knowledge and pedagogical skills of school administrators and teachers to effectively deliver the curriculum and textbooks in public primary schools to improve students’ civic skills and attitudes. and behaviors.
The main topics covered include intelligent multiples (pathways of learning), developing a mid-term plan and a daily lesson plan using the National Citizenship Education Curriculum and the National Curriculum competency-based, developing the average and daily lesson plan template, writing good lesson objectives, strategies for teaching civic education using the National Citizenship Education Curriculum, assessment and evaluation, classroom management, teaching methodology, teacher professional standards and ethics, gender bias and school administration.
Opening the training, DI’s Civic Education Program Manager, Varnetta Johnson-Freeman, acknowledged the sacrifices of teachers in Liberia and recounted EDA’s support through UMOVEMENT and of the MoE to enable teachers to better teach civics to students. According to her, DI sees supporting students at the foundational level as essential to building their civic awareness at school to become better citizens and leaders.
On his part, Mr. Latta Bemah (Resident DEO), expressed his gratitude to the government and people of the United States of America through USAID for funding the implementation of the EDA project in schools Liberian primaries. He pointed out that Gbarpolu is fortunate to be part of the pre-pilot counties, urging participants to leverage the knowledge from the training and serve as coaches for their peers in their respective schools, who were not part of Training. “It was in the 1970s and until the end of the 1980s that civic education was only taught at the lower secondary level (grade-7-9)”, concludes the DEO.
Meanwhile, at the end of the training, each school received copies of the comprehensive civic education manuals for grades 1 to 6, the national citizenship education curriculum and teachers’ manuals were provided to participants for lesson planning and teaching purposes in their respective schools. from September 5 – opening of schools. Textbooks are designed with grade-specific titles: Grade 1 – Citizenship Education (Love, Respect, and Working Together), Grade 2 – Citizenship Education (One People, Nation, Country, and Liberia), Grade 3 Year – Rights and Responsibilities, Year 4 – Democracy and Governance, Year 5 – Citizenship Education, Population, Family and Social Welfare, and Year 6 – Natural Resources and Development – while each participant received a certificate for their participation .
The next round of EDA teacher and school administrator training will take place in Nimba (Saclapea) from August 25-27 and Montserrado (Monrovia) from August 29-31, 2022 respectively.