The Director for Communication of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Moses Owen Browne has called for more government support towards early childhood education in Liberia.
Serving as guest speaker at formal closing of the Excellent Learning Foundation Academy over the weekend, Browne indicated that literacy for every child is a must in the Liberia and an urgent government support is needed. He said “It is proven that 90% of the brain development happens before the age of five. Thousands of the children in Liberia today below age 5 and or above should be in school and learning. Sadly, this is not the case for Liberia as over half of million of our children are out of school.” “I call on the Government of Liberia, the President; H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, national and international organizations to support with budgetary increment and join us raise awareness on early childhood education and development. Liberia is going nowhere without quality education for its young population,” he said. He told the gathering, “We have to double-up. We are in a major crisis and this emergency is education. We have limited time on our side. But, I believe we can make the difference through faith.” “It is disturbing to know that our country still has a large number of out-of-school children with an estimated 10-20% of children between the ages of 6-14 not enrolled in school (HIES 2014, EMIS 2015)”, he added.