Sunday, 3 April 2011


Visiting educationalist says at the opening of a three- day workshop

Clara K. Mallah

The educational system in Liberia is not as effective as other countries around the world. Many educators have blamed it on the war while others have said the government is not doing more to provide learning equipment for schools in the country.
One school that is taking the challenge to provide basic education for its students is the Haywood Mission Institute.
A team from the United States of America (USA), headed by Co-Pastor Denise S. Millban, are in the country as guest of the HMS to train teachers at the Institute with new ideas which they can use to assist the students.
Speaking to journalists on the campus of the school, Co-pastor Millban said the intention of the workshop is to encourage educational staff of the Haywood Mission Institute to learn some best practices and other innovative ideas for education. “Classroom management, the new education system call four blocks, are some of the ideas this workshop will focus on,” she said.
Mrs. Millban said in the coming three days of the training, the four blocks method will be discussed because it has to do with self selective readings, guided reading, writing and increasing vocabulary.
She added that the school is up to standard and she is impressed about the way the school is handled.
The master-degree holder in education and the co-pastor for Christ Temple Global Ministries in Indiana, USA, said she and others are working with a group in the USA to get laptops that will be sent to the Haywood Mission Institute for the students.
She added that at the end of the workshop, she is hoping teachers will learn and they will help move students learning capacity forward.
A Biology and Chemistry teacher at the school, Mike B. Gibson, said the training will help them improve on the classroom management, how to present notes to the students and help the students understand the basic ideas about the notes. He added that the workshop will help the teachers’ teaching capacity and improve their skills which the students will benefit from educationally.
The principal of the school, Leo M. Simpson, said the training is to encourage teachers to help students pay attention in class. It is also meant to assist the teachers make sure they learn what interests the students most. “The workshop will also help teachers monitor the students whether in school or after school, to their homes and about their environment, to know the actual problems the students are faced with be it physical, emotional or mental,” Bishop Simpson said.
A formal program was held at the school to welcome the guests into the country.
During the event, students from the kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high presented welcome statements to the guests including the institutional staff and the administration headed by Bishop Simpson.
The wife of the Bishop Simpson, Dr. Myra E. Simpson, presented African attires as gifts to the guests. The guests include Dorris I. Webb, Deanna Tolbert, Clinton C. Tolbert and Ann L. Johnson who are to stay in the country for ten days.