Street Child believe every child has a right to a quality education, since 2008 we have trained over 550 teachers in Sierra Leone and Liberia to improve teaching standards and ensure children are given the best opportunity for a bright future. In Nepal, we have begun training teachers on counselling techniques to help students cope with trauma post-earth quake and they will learn disaster risk reduction strategies.
This World Teachers Day we wanted to celebrate the amazing role of teachers in changing the lives of vulnerable children. Liberia recently topped UNICEF’s ranking of the 10 worst countries in the world for access to primary school so we decided to speak to some of the teachers from our new Partnership Schools in Liberia to find out how they are making a difference in their country and why they became teachers:
Metzger Adama from Fahnja Public School:
‘I decided to become a teacher as I was disgusted by the high illiteracy rate that existed in Cape Mount County. I want to encourage young children to learn the importance of education so that they can become future leaders’.
Henry Mitchell – the principle of Fahn Seh School:
‘The reason I became a teacher in my village school is because I believe that education is the key to success. The children of my village deserve the right to an education and I am convinced that by being a teacher I can help make the difference in the lives of these young people.
Rochelle Dennis from Fahn Seh Public School:
‘I chose to become a teacher so that I could be a role model for our children so that they can become better Liberian citizens. Our children are the leaders of tomorrow and so we are highly dependent on them. By being a teacher I can help bring these children up to a standard that will allow them to lead our country in the future.’
Henry Fahnbulleh from Kpendekor Elementary School:
‘I decided to become a teacher because I want to kick illiteracy out of our country and build up our children’s future in this world as education is the key to success.’
John Waiwuo – principle of Bumie Kpaja School:
‘If the youth of today are educated, then I believe that they will be able to meaningfully contribute to the development of our community and the nation building process. When the rate of illiteracy is high, the chance of our country developing will not be realised’
George Suah, principle of Lonfay School:
‘I want our children to learn. If our children can learn then our country will develop.’