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St. Teresa's Convent Class of '78 Sponsored Teacher Training Workshop

St. Teresa's Class of 78 (Visionary Project) recently sponsored a four-day teacher training workshop aimed at improving instruction and building capacity for teachers at St. Teresa's Convent. The workshop was organized by The Teacher Consultant Group; US based nonprofit organization headed by Anastasia Simmonds Caphart. Facilitators of the workshop included professionals from the Ministry of Education, W.V.S.T. Teacher College, Marist Brother and Catholic Education Secretariat.

On day one of the workshop a panel discussion was held between facilitators and participants. The topic "The Liberian Educational System… Where we are? (Present)…Where do we want to go? (Future) and "How do we get there? (Means)" generated a spirited and educational discussion among the panelists. The consensus is that teacher training is pivotal to building a viable educational system anywhere, especially in postwar Liberia. Training workshops for teachers such as this will help improve instruction and empower children to learn and grow.
Days 2-4 of the workshop covered essential areas including reading, methodology, classroom management, assessment, guidance, counseling and teaching ethics. Teachers in the primary grades engaged in hands-on activities that included room arrangement and creating print rich environment for the kindergarten classes.

Educational materials and equipment were donated to STC by Class of '78, and one kindergarten class benefited from a facelift. Arm chairs were replaced with chairs and new tables were provided. Children can now sit at tables to interact with their classmates. Thanks to Wadei Powell who assisted in this venture.
Principal Gray expressed gratitude for successful implementation of the 4-day Teacher Workshop which according to her was aimed at improving the human resource development quality of teachers at STC. She further stated "It is our prayer that this will be an annual activity that will gradually include other sister schools for the betterment of the Liberian Education School System.

The workshop was extended to the Bertha Porte Center where teachers and students of the Bertha Porte Adult Literacy Program were observed, followed by a one day Literacy Refresher Workshop, with 35 teachers of ALFALIT in Upper Paynesville.

The Teacher Consultant Group is grateful to our premier sponsor, STC Class of '78. Our major sponsors included, Dr. & Mrs. Celsius Ebba, Mr. Sam Williams II, Mr. & Mrs. Victor Abraham, Dr. Henrique Scott, Rev. Glen Mason (Carver International Missions, USA), Mr. & Mrs. Martin Scott, Mr. Henry Clements, Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Smith, Mrs. Beverly Burrowes, Ms. Roynelle Murray, Mr. JE Benjamin & Mr. Mickey Mensah. We also acknowledge the contributions of our facilitators including Ms. Mamawah Sherif and the Albert Porte Memorial Library. Because of your generosity and commitment to our children, we impact teaching and learning in Liberia. May the good Lord continue to bless the work of your hands.

The Teacher Consultant Group is committed to improving instruction and helping children learn and grow in Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia.

Consultants: Anastasia Simmonds-Caphart, Marilyn Grigsby-Harris, Fata Togba-Mensah, Agnes Teclar, Beverly Burrowes-Barnes, Dr. Daniel Barclay, Mrs. Marie Mason & Troken Dennis

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