The Ministry of Education will host an Education Summit from May 21-23, 2018 with the aim of harnessing a collective effort to provide a quality education for every Liberian child.

This landmark event hosted by Minister of Education, Prof. Dr. Ansu D. Sonii Sr. will bring together approximately 300 education specialists, policy makers, parents, business and community leaders, teachers as well as others with an interest in seeing the Liberian education system succeed.

President George Manneh Weah will open the internationally significant event by highlighting the government’s vision for education and outlining his government’s approach to working alongside key stakeholders and experts to give Liberian children the best possible start in life.

In addition, special presentations from partners such as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the World Bank and USAID will be made.

Education is a priority for the new administration, which has recognized that robust change is needed to improve the life chances of Liberians and contribute to the sustained development of Liberia for the benefit of everyone.

The key themes of the summit are: teacher education and professionalization; Monitoring, Supervision and assessment; learning environment; science, TVET and Higher Education; stakeholder engagement and Education Financing.

The summit will provide opportunities for key stakeholders to review the education sector, provide independent perspectives of the status of the sector, and develop consensus around a shared vision for the improvement of the education system in Liberia. The administration anticipates that tangible steps can be agreed to begin to make the improvements in education that the Liberian people wish to see.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Minister Sonii said:“in order to build on previous gains and learn from existing challenges, we have undertaken a wide range of engagement with stakeholdersand a nation-wide assessment of schools. This has provided us with first-hand information about the issues affecting education in Liberia today.

“This ground-breaking summit builds on the commitment we have shown to finding the right solutions to give all Liberians the start in life that will help them, and Liberia more broadly, prospers in the years to come. By bringing together a diverse range of partners, stakeholders and independent experts in the education sector we aim to build a consensus on essential priorities to fast-track reform of the education sector.”

 

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