MONROVIA, TODAY – The World Bank has approved a $47 million project grant for Liberia in support of the Liberian Education Sector under a project term “Improving Results in Secondary Education (IRISE)”.

The IRISE project will focus on improving the quality of secondary education services in particular which face several significant challenges including; inequitable access, retention and completion rates, especially among girls and rural youth and poor quality and relevance of education. Through this project grant, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education, endeavors to train more teachers and increase the percentage of qualified Math, Science and English teachers in public and community senior secondary school. Components of the project also include the renovation of senior high schools and expansion of existing junior high school to senior high school in districts across counties without senior high school. The following will also be achieved: improve the pre-service teaching training program at the Teachers’ Training Institutes (TTIs), improve the in-service teacher training programs in collaboration with the University of Liberia and William V. S. Tubman university; create better access to textbooks for senior secondary students and as well provide digital skills to Liberian students as a way to adequately prepare them for the 21st-century labor market.

Additionally, under the IRISE project, scholarships (Girls’ Education Scholarship Program) will be provided to girls in counties with the highest female dropout rates at the senior secondary level. The Project will also promote community engagement to empower young people, schools, and communities to create a safe learning environment.

The Ministry of Education remains grateful to the President of the Republic of Liberia for his farsightedness in identifying the education sector as a priority agenda, thus attracting funding to improve service delivery.

With the project expected to be roll-out in the next few months with year 0 already on the way, the Minister of Education, Dr. D. Ansu Sonii, Sr. is confident that after the enormous efforts and restless working hours from all his ministers, technicians from various bureaus, and the World Bank technical team co-headed by Xiaonan Cao and Oni Lusk-Stover to complete the design and appraisal of the IRISE project, that there is a chance of transforming the current state of the education landscape in Liberia.


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