The Consortium of Education Defenders of Liberia (COEDEL) has commenced a two-day workshop on the privatization of education with media practitioners, academia, Human Rights defenders, and legal practitioners.
Rev. Joseph S. Kwiwalazu, Chairperson of COEDEL said the project is intended to curtail the commercialization of education in Liberia.
The education organization Chairperson believes that the commercialization of education is a serious setback to the growth and development of Liberian students in attaining better education.
COEDEL is said to have embarked on the campaign in October 2017.
Chairman Kwiwalazu said their objectives include: ensuring free access to private and public education for all, raising awareness for the limitation and bringing public decision-makers, strengthening civil society organizations cooperation, and facilitating campaign against the commercialization of public schools among others.
The project is being sponsored by the Danish Government and other international counterparts, with US$ 34, 257 made available.
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the National Teachers Association Samuel Y. Johnson said, they have been in the fight to curtail the commercialization of public and private education in Liberia.
Mr. Johnson disclosed that they have been in many international meetings about the issue of education commercialization, as other countries in Africa are strongly against it.
For his part, the President of the Press Union of Liberia Charles B. Coffee lauded COEDEL and international partners for such a campaign that seeks to transform the educational system by eradicating the commercialization of public and private schools.
Mr. Coffee said education is vital for the growth and development of the country, and as such, the government needs to prioritize the empowerment of teachers and the education system.
He further recommended the increment of teachers’ salaries, building a unique education system, and also developing a conducive learning environment for Liberian children.
The opening section of the workshop brought together civil society organizations, representatives from the Ministry of Labor, media practitioners, and human rights advocates among others.