Liberty Party Pledges To Increase Financial Support To Educational System

If elected, the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine says to address the anticipated financing gap, a Liberty Party government will increase its total contribution to the education sector starting from US$86.2 million in the 2017/2018 budget to US$92.65 million in the 2018/19 budget. The party noted that it will compel county administrations to contribute from County Development and Social Development Fund(s) to specific planned education infrastructure development activities of their choice, and challenge partners to invest more through a strengthened sector and donor coordination team.
To accommodate these spending targets on new education initiatives and on teacher’s training and compensation, the LP in a strategic educational reform plan it added that it will anticipate cutting government spending on general operations by at least US$6.45 million beginning the 2017/2018 budget.
“Liberty Party government will also work in partnership with our international (cooperating partners, churches, nonprofit organizations, and investors to channel resources to the sector and close the financing gap.”
The party stated that “Liberian children are our most valuable resource.   But Liberia is one of the few countries today where the older generation is better educated than their children because we have not invested enough in closing the gaps between our counties.”
According to the party, thee potential inherent in the people can be unleashed only when a government makes purposeful and sustained investment in their education and wellbeing.
It points out that it is committed to rapidly developing Liberia’s human resources.  “This must be done to bring the blessings of life to everyone.”
According to the party, building capacity in the people must be realistic and take into consideration current and future opportunities in the emerging economy—the market demand for skills.
“It is not sufficient to re-create the old education system—with its bias towards Liberal Arts training leading up to the college level.  Alternative paths to regular school attendance—including more literacy and numeracy opportunities are a foundation for establishing trainability, skills training and trade/technician certifications, and basic business skills (including small commercial farming) need to be introduced.  That is the direction we will be taking this country. That, Liberty Party believes, is the way forward on education.”

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