Liberia’s commitment to transforming its education system resonates at UNGA 77

World leaders gathered again in New York for the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where the President of Liberia, George M. Weah, joined his counterparts to discuss and find solutions to various problems affecting their territories.

Csaba Korosi, President of UNGA 77, alongside Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, co-chaired the opening of the assembly under the theme “A Decisive Moment: Transformative Solutions to interrelated challenges.

During the opening session, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the launch of a G20-led “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) revival” to massively boost sustainable development in developing countries. development.

With mounting evidence that the 2030 target of SDG-4 – the provision of quality education for all by 2030 – will not be achieved, given the unprecedented scale of the crisis of learning and increasing public recognition of leaders, it sounds more like a wake-up call. for more deliberate actions to change the narrative of school children in developing countries.

At the just-concluded United Nations Education Transformation Summit, education stakeholders deliberated on solutions to end learning poverty globally.

At the summit, the UN Secretary General encouraged governments to work with private sector partners to boost digital learning content. In his words, “We will not end this crisis by simply doing more of the same, faster or better. Now is the time to transform education systems.”

Transitioning an education system from analog to digital requires the collective efforts of governments and private sector partners to harness technology as part of education transformation efforts.

In Liberia, the government has already begun to take concrete action. The Liberian government took deliberate action in 2016 and opened up the education sector to partnership with the private sector under the Partnership Schools Liberia (PSL) framework, now known as the Schools Promotion Program. Education in Liberia (LEAP).

This multi-year programme, now in its sixth year, is designed to improve teaching and learning, which many countries are not fortunate enough to have given the worsening education.

The government’s largest LEAP partner, Bridge Liberia, is already supporting teachers and students in public primary schools in ways specifically mentioned in the courses of action identified by the Transforming Education Summit.

The key thematic areas identified at the UNGA Transforming Education Summit, most of which are already being implemented by Bridge Liberia and the LEAP program of the Ministry of Education, are essential to respond to the call of the United Nations Secretary General United for the transformation of education systems.

Bridge Liberia, the government’s largest partner in the LEAP program, already focuses on digital learning and transformation, inclusiveness and equity, teachers, training and the teaching profession.

The use of technology in schools supported by social enterprise is changing the way students learn, empowering teachers and other school leaders to deliver lessons in a timely, consistent and guided way.

Its inclusive and equity-focused principles have enabled girls to take the same leap in learning as boys in schools, according to the latest education study by Nobel Prize winner Professor Michael Kremer.

Teachers, teacher and teaching profession – Bridge Liberia focuses on teacher education and leverages technology to empower teachers and improve learning outcomes for children through intensive training, ongoing support, scientific digital guides for teachers, positive classroom management techniques, and real-time course tracking.

These interventions by Bridge Liberia and the Liberian government have shown not only that it can be done, quickly, efficiently and at scale, but that it is the basis for huge improvements in educational outcomes, which have built resilience in the face of challenges. national and global. seizures.

President George Weah’s continued recommitment to strengthening the country’s education system gives hope to children in public schools who depend on organizations such as Bridge Liberia’s intervention to ensure they benefit from lifelong learning experiences. world-class like students from other territories supported by NewGlobe. “For Liberia to develop, we need to develop the minds of our young people. We need to train our teachers so that they themselves can form the minds of our young people,” Weah says.