|BFF, LET Empower Liberian Women|
|Published on November 26, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
Better Future Foundation, Inc. (BFF), in collaboration with Liberian Education Trust (LET) has completed a six-month Basic Literacy program for women.
About 80 women who previously could not read and write participated in the literacy program. The participants were drawn from the 14 counties of Liberia.
Mrs. Emily Peal, Chief Executive officer of Foundation for Women served as keynote speaker at the well attended and colorful graduation ceremony.
In her presentation, Madam Peal cautioned the graduates to strive for discipline, sincerity and hard work at all times.
She informed them that discipline remains a foundation for success in one’s life and progress in any society.
“Self-discipline in your homes, market places and in other lively endeavors is a necessary requirement for personal growth and success,” she stressed.
Madam Peal also assured the LET and BFF families of her institution’s full support and collaboration in making their goals a success.
The occasion, held at the edifice of the New Hope Academy in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, was also graced by an array of development experts and institutions.
Among them were Liberia Chambers of Commerce, Measuuagoon, Conservation International, Sirleaf Market Women Fund, and National Gender Network of Liberia, among others. called on relevant development partners to support development initiatives of grassroots women for the speedy reconstruction of postwar Liberia.
In a message to the graduates, mother Mary Brownell, a key women’s rights advocate and educator lauded the women’s resilience and dedication to acquiring basic literacy skills.
Mother Brownell, who is also chairman of the BFF Board, characterized the achievement of the 80 women as a positive step in alleviating poverty in Liberia.
The six month basic literacy program, according to BFF president, Rev. Augustine Arkoi, was aimed at building the capacity of women at the grass-root level and to ensure their active participation in the poverty reduction and reconstruction process of Liberia.
The project, according to Rev. Arkoi was funded by the Liberia Education Trust (LET), which seeks to provide scholarships and other learning opportunities to five thousand women and girls, train 500 teachers and build 50 schools in Liberia.
-The 80 Participants who represent 14 counties of Liberia are meanwhile appealing to LET and other development partners for more opportunities for professional and vocational education.
The BFF female graduates, in a statement read by their spokesman, extended appreciation to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her government’s accelerated policy geared towards the educational empowerment of women in postwar Liberia.
They also applauded the LET- Monrovia headed by Dr. D. Evelyn Kandakai for such initiative.
It can be recalled that on November 5, 2008, executive of LET headed by Mr. Robert Sirleaf, Chairman of LET- USA Board visited the campus of the New Hope Academy to access the BFF-LET literacy Program.
BFF subscribes among other things to promoting human resource development in Liberia.
Better Future Foundation is a local NGO that is dedicated to the rebuilding of Liberia. It initiates programs and activities aimed at promoting socio-economic, educational and cultural understanding and cooperation.
BFF is also dedicated to rebuilding the shattered lives of Liberians at home and in the Diasporas after 14 years of armed conflict that effectively left the country in ruin.