Liberia: KEEP Extends National Reading Campaign to Zwedru
MONROVIA – The Kids’ Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) has extended it’s National Reading Campaign to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
At an official program at the Youth Center in Zwedru, KEEP founder and Executive Director said to truly reflect the national scope and character the Reading Campaign is intended to be, the organization was happy to be in Zwedru City where it has established 2 mini-libraries in the County.
Mrs. Moore explained that the National Reading Campaign is for the benefit of all parents and children of Liberia.
“The more our children are able to read, the better they are able to learn”, the head of KEEP said, adding that this fact is true for all children everywhere, and not only in Monrovia.
Also speaking at the program, the County Education Officer, Harry Doe praised the excellent examples of KEEP as well as the commitment and passion with which they are contributing to the improvement of Education in the country. He urged teachers, students and residents of the County to participate in the Reading Campaign because it will benefit them and the County to have more educated and informed citizens.
On February 6, 2020, in Monrovia, KEEP launched its National Reading Campaign which was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Education, educational sector partners, teachers and students. The Campaign is to raise awareness about the value of reading to education and further engage parents, teachers and communities into being more involved in encouraging children to read.
“The more our children are able to read, the better they are able to learn”, the head of KEEP said, adding that this fact is true for all children everywhere, and not only in Monrovia.”Mrs. Brenda Brewer Moore, KEEP Founder and Executive Director
Meanwhile, the program coincided with the completion of a three-day workshop sponsored by OXFAM Liberia under its EBOUGH Project, on the conduct of teachers as it relates to addressing sexual violence, utilizing the Teachers Code of Conduct as a tool for training. The retreat was attended by 18 teachers, principals, members of PTA from across the county.
Mr. Alfred Gbarzayee of the Child Friendly Public School who attended the workshop and spoke on behalf of his colleagues lauded the efforts of KEEP to continuously refresh teachers of their responsibilities. Principal Gbarzayee said he and his colleagues found the training to be useful and helpful in their work.
KEEP is a local charity primarily dedicated to the promotion of a culture of reading in Liberia. It has established 15 reading rooms in 7 of Liberia’s 15 counties. The organization is looking to add 6 additional reading rooms this year to it’s growing footprint across the country including in Maryland, Nimba and Bong Counties.