YOCEL Reechoes Need for Minimum 20% Budgetary Allocation for Education

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The Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia (YOCEL) has once more iterated the need for the Legislature and the Executive Branches of government to increase the budgetary allocation of the education sector to a minimum of 20%.

The education campaign according to the group is a coalition with partners of the More-for-Education advocacy that seeks to have Liberia on the path with the Incheon Declaration 2014 Dakar   Framework of 2015 and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) minimum standard for Sub-Sahara Counties to including Liberia to allocate minimum 20% of their countries Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  to education.

The call has since been echoed from 2017 up to now with just little increment been done and not meeting the sole objectives.

“We want to acknowledge the progress made by the government of Liberia to the National Budget for the education sector but not as sufficient as it supposes to be if the country must have vibrancy in its educational sojourn”. YOCEL said.

The Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia told reporters that the continual increment in the budget for education is important with the level of rise now among Liberians, especially young people.

The Pro-advocate organization said in the 2017/2018 National Budget the percentage to the education sector was 14.6%, the 2018/2019 budget was at 15% while in the current 2019/2020 national budget allocation is at 15.8%.

Something YOCEL noted is a bit encouraging but needs more to be done.

Addressing a news conference, YOCEL Senior Program Manager Mathew Karley revealed to news searchers that his organization has been mobilizing local officials and citizens’ support to buy-in  Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland counties.

He said YOCEL solicits the support from local education stakeholders and works with them to identify alternative resource mobilization strategic plans to receive the minimum 20% Allocation in the National Budget for the education sector.

The YOCEL Head however expressed concern over the wave of the coronavirus spread that has thus devastated every sector across the globe.

Mathew Karley cautioned Liberians to consider and uphold the various health protocols set by health authorities in order to quickly combat the virus.