You will notice that I interchangeably used Charles, Chucky, Chucky boy, Charlie throughout this untypical tribute to my dear friend. It isn’t meant to confuse you but to make the point that Charles affectionately meant many things to many people.
As I now hand the baton to my successor, Prof. Ansu D. Sonii, I am confident that the Ministry and our education system are in good hands.
After years of violence and the crippling impact of Ebola, Liberia’s education system was in crisis. 35 percent of our young women and 21 percent of our young men could not read a single sentence.
As the first year of the Partnership Schools for Liberia program comes to a close, we at the Ministry of Education are taking stock of the successes from the pilot thus far, and working with both stakeholders across Liberia and international partners to chart the course forward.
Years ago when I served as a teacher in in both the United States and other parts of Africa, I was not just delivering lessons. I was also paying close attention to my students’ mental health.
Liberia’s education system is in crisis. To not act now would be to fail yet another generation of Liberia’s children.