Bridge Liberia MD reaffirms the organization’s commitment to support the education sector

Bridge Liberia, a Liberian Government partner in the education sector, has reaffirmed its commitment to impact the lives of Liberian children through the provision of quality education.

Since 2016 the social enterprise has been partnering with the Ministry of Education, in supporting public primary schools to improve learning and teaching.

Speaking on the Thursday’s edition of the Prime Morning Drive, Bridge Liberia Managing Director Gbovadeh Gbilia said providing quality education to Liberian children remains a paramount priority of the organization, led by him and other very passionate Liberians. Mr. Gbilia mentioned the training of teachers in specific classroom management techniques, praise and technology based teaching methods to improve teaching and learning in Bridge Liberia supported schools across the country. 

As part of empowering teachers, the social enterprise provides a teaching tablet to all teachers in the Bridge Liberia ecosystem that will enable them to track students’ attendance, and aid the process of lesson planning and delivery with daily lessons sent to the tablets for presentation.

Though there are many challenges in the sector, stakeholders are making deliberate and intentional efforts to ensure the sector thrives and get on with others in the region”,  Gbilia indicated.

He named the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the lack of resources amongst others as factors undermining the sector.

He pointed out that the future of Liberia depends on the younger generation and as such more time and resources need to be invested in childhood education.

Last December, the Ministry of Education expanded the Liberia Education Advancement Program (LEAP) of which Bridge Liberia is the biggest partner. The Ministry allotted an additional 179 schools to Bridge Liberia, bringing the total number of schools managed by the social enterprise to 350, in all of Liberia’s 15 counties.

Following the expansion, Bridge Liberia embarked on a blackboard project, replacing all blackboards at supported schools to aid teaching, while providing a conducive learning environment. The project is expected to be completed this February.

Meanwhile, Priscilia Dioh a six grade student at the J.W. Pearson Elementary School, located on Carey Street, who joined Mr. Gbilia in the discussion, thanked Bridge Liberia for partnering with the government to support the education sector. 

Priscilia, who is the top t honor student in her class, narrated that since her entry into the Bridge Liberia supported school; she has realized  academic improvement, evident by her topping her class every period.