Friends of Liberia's Liberian Education Assistance Project (LEAP) has been sending U.S. early childhood teachers to Liberia annually since 1998 to train those who are teaching in the earliest grades in rural areas of central Liberia and their principals in age-appropriate teaching methods. Many early childhood education (ECE) teachers in rural Liberia are ill-equipped to help children establish the fundamentals of learning because of their own lack of education and professional development, which was interrupted by years of civil war. To address this need, LEAP holds in-service workshops for rural pre-kindergarten through grade 3 teachers and their principals.
LEAP methodology encourages the use of low-cost and locally made and developed teaching materials, teach developmentally appropriate lessons and the development of a safe and interactive learning environment. With the help of Liberian co-trainers, FOL trainers have developed teacher manuals on Early Childhood Education concepts and methods, math and literacy and a songbook of songs for young children. These are distributed at the workshops and revised periodically to meet the needs of Liberian teachers.
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