Liberia: Care Trains Future Civic Education Facilitators

March 31, 2012 00:410 comments

The non-governmental organization CARE International in Liberia (CARE) is currently expanding its work around the promotion of inclusive and accountable governance in Liberia. The organization says it feels that civic education, as a means to enable ‘effective citizenship’, lies at the heart of this endeavour.

Against this backdrop, CARE is running the Training of Trainers (ToT) for prospective civic education facilitators. Through this event, CARE trains 26 Liberians to equip them with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to promote civic engagement around the country, with a particular focus on youth and women.

The course has a dual focus, initially teaching general facilitation skills and subsequently exploring ways of understanding and promoting effective citizenship, especially amongst youth and women The latter part consists of 4 stages: 1) visioning participation; 2) barriers to participation; 3) bridging the gap: overcoming barriers; and 4) creating community-driven advocacy plans. The participants become skilled in the use of drama, forum theatre and other non-literate forms of facilitation.

This will allow them to replicate and cascade the training in communities with low literacy levels. As such, CARE and it partners seek to contribute to a truly inclusive governance style which enables the most vulnerable and traditionally excluded groups to participate in the management of public affairs. Ultimately, the process serves to support the fulfilment of the right of these groups to influence decisions, actions and policies which affect their lives.

Friday 30 March 2012 will see the certificate awarding ceremony marking the conclusion of the Training of Trainers. Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Sele Mulbah from the Governance Commission will be honoring the occasion and present the participants with their certificates.

The Governance Commission expresses its unconditional support to initiatives such as CARE’s, which seek to expand civic engagement to vulnerable groups in pursuit of truly inclusive and participatory governance.

CARE highly appreciates the support from Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Sele Mulbah (Commissioner for Civic Engagement & National Visioning), especially as it symbolizes the crucial endorsement from the single-most important institution in Liberia when it comes to the promotion of ‘good governance’.

CARE has also been in communication with the Hon. Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae, Commissioner for the Decentralization mandate area of the Governance Commission who will also seek to attend the closing program.

The training, carried out under the competent leadership of Oliver Chevreau (CARE International UK), runs for 10 days between 19 and 30 March, and is being held at the Corina Hotel, Monrovia.

The participants are all active for local, national and international civil society groups and organizations (see below for a list of the participating organizations and more information on CARE Liberia).

 

Source: New Dawn (Liberia)

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