Alfalit Graduates 267 in Bomi, Former BCC's President Calls for Local Support to Alfalit
Former Bomi County Community College’s President, Dr. Zobon Norman has called on the local county authority and the national government to support Alfalit Liberia’s Literacy program in the country.
Dr. Norman made the called when he served as the 13th graduation keynote speaker over the weekend in Tubmanburg where 267 Alfalit beneficiaries were certificated.
He stressed that the Alfalit Liberia literacy program has impacted several lives and as such; local support to the organization will contribute immensely in sustaining the gains made over the past 9 years in Bomi County which he said has helped reduce the illiteracy rate in Bomi a challenge that is common to women.
Referencing the first International adult literacy conference that was held in Nairobi in 1976, Dr. Norman said promoting adult education is as equally important as regular grade school and college education and that education globally is a right of every person.
Acknowledging the work of Alfalit across Liberia, Dr. Norman added that for over a decade Alfalit has been teaching illiterate adults to read and write at the expense of international donors therefore; as donors funding scale down now is the acceptable time for Alfalit Liberia to be supported locally in order to continue its work in literacy in Liberia.
“The other time I give some copy books and other school supplies to one of the literacy centers, but from what I see here today at this graduation I did not know that’s how big and great the Alfalit program is”
“Alfalit has been helping our mothers, sisters, fathers and brother to read and write in this county with not a single support coming from local authority, as most donors are scaling down their support, I called on the government to extend support to Alfalit”
The former Bomi Community College President also recommended for an increase in the national the budget for the educational sector.
He said when this is done; it will enable the Ministry of Education to subsidize actors working with Adult education in the country like Alfalit whose works are visible all across Liberia since 2006.
Since June 2011, Bomi County has hosts the Alfalit literacy program benefiting over 2,000 citizens.
This year, Alfalit operated 7 literacy centers with 13 trained facilitators (teachers) and graduated 267 students from both the literacy and basic education on December 13, 2019 in Tubmanburg.
Bomi County graduation is one in a series of graduations of the Alfalit Literacy program that have taken place across 5 counties; Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, and Bong Counties with over three thousand youths and adults certificated after obtaining literacy, numeric and job skills.
Testifying of the program impact in their lives, beneficiaries of the program thanked Alfalit Liberia for taking them from the darkness of illiteracy and bringing them to the light of education.
“For me, I came to Alfalit for 3 reasons, first to read and write, secondly that whenever my pastor calls the scripture during service I am able to find scripture in the Bible and read by myself and thirdly that I become able to read signboard and directions to know what it says”
I am happy for what Alfalit Liberia has done for me that when I see my name among many names I am able to recognize it and people no longer write for me” Student Gbartoe D. Sangai testified as saying over the weekend.