Scholarshipsare extended to each Liberian teacher provided by 13 used textbooks sold to raise $250.On June 19, 2009, Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia, held its first graduation for trained teachers in 20 years. There were 178 teachers awarded certificates. Through the Liberian Books Project, 1200 additional Liberian teachers will be trained at KRTTI by 2015.
First Grade Teacher at Love Valley Rescue Mission
Teacher Training and Literacy Tutor Training are two scholarships created to combat illiteracy in Liberia.
Teacher Training—1,200 scholarships are created to train Liberian teachers in support of the achievement of universal primary education in Liberia.These scholarships will train teachers for the primary, secondary and college levels while prioritizing secondary study in the following areas:
•Poverty Reduction •Literacy •Gender Equality •Children's Health •Women's Health •Combating Diseases •Environmental Sustainability •International Development
The training of specialists in each of these eight areas will develop the human capacity necessary to tackle illiteracy from a top -down approach.
Literacy Tutor Training— Pro-Literacy Detroit will train 1,200 US college students as certified literacy tutors who volunteer to travel to Liberia and teach learners how to read and write.Certified literacy tutors are trained as workshop leaders who will work in their local communities to provide learners the assistance they need. These trainers provide an opportunity to combat illiteracy from a grassroots approach.
Pro-Literacy Detroit—the Detroit Chapter of Pro-Literacy International, is a nonprofit organization that has served Michigan residents for more than 25 years. Pro-Literacy Detroit has made literacy services readily available and convenient to over 6,000 learners. Through the Liberian Books Project Pro-Literacy Detroit will certify 1,200 volunteers as literacy tutors to aid learners in local communities.Additionally, Pro-Literacy Detroit will provide Workshop Leaders to develop literacy trainers in Liberia.
The Hush House is a Detroit based community organization of educators and advocates who are committed to global community building as it relates to social, education, economic, and environmental justice.The Hush House was recognized by Wayne State University as the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Award recipient for the work they do in the Detroit community.Their services include programs of assistance to persons returning to the community from incarceration, leadership development training for human rights, and nutrition and healthy living workshops through community gardens.Through the partnership with the Hush House two college professors from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University will travel to Liberia to work with Liberian universities to help build Liberia’s capacity as it relates to social, education, economic, and environmental justice.