Under the Educational Resources phase of the Liberian Books Project, literacy centers are provided new and gently used books collected from donors.Computers, school science lab equipment, internet access and other technological tools are made available to accelerate and enrich the learning experience.Specialized training is provided to address basic literacy developmental needs in each classroom.
Volunteers in Detroit, MI, sort books destined for Liberian schools.
These literacy centers allow us to provide training to each community in the following areas:
Job Skills Training.
In a country with an illiteracy rate of more than 80 percent, teachers must be the vanguard of any universal effort to address illiteracy.More than fourteen years of civil conflict has deprived Liberian teachers of the most basic training necessary to be successful in the classroom.Under the Educational Resources phase of the Liberian Books Project, 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 makes basic literacy services more accessible by utilizing print, electronic media, and the Internet. Trained tutors are available to tutor learners at community centers, churches, libraries, schools, and in the workplace. The goal is to make literacy services available and convenient to learners.