Youth Action International (YAI) has formally launched its Liberia Early Childhood Initiative (LEG) in Grand Bassa County.
The program will provide advance early childhood development (ECD) training to all pre-primary teachers and will also provide the latest age appropriate curriculum and materials for thousands of students in Grand Bassa County.
YAl's Executive Director Mr. Kimmie Weeks said that Grand Bassa was the first of several counties his organization was targeting to extend its ECD program to.
He observed: "Early childhood is the foundation for a child's life and yet it is the area of our education that is most neglected. There is no curriculum, no training, no materials, not support. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by not focusing on building a strong education foundation or our children."
While in Grand Bassa, Mr. Weeks and his team toured several pre-primary schools to reach to students and donate boxes of hundreds of children's reading books.
Helena Carter, Head of YAl's ECD program, said she hoped that the teachers in Bassa would start to read to their children more as it was an essential part of their development.
"Teachers must constantly read to the children because the benefits are many. If we fail to read to our children we are failing them, ourselves, and our country,” she said, adding,
YAI has run its ECD program in Montserrado over the last two years. The pilot phase of “The program benefited more than 75 schools, 400 teachers and 8,000 students. YAI works in Liberia to provide education, health care and economic empowerment for children and youth".
YAI formally launched LECI at its sub office in Buchanan on September 29th.