The Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security is expected to graduate 30 women and underprivileged girls from the first phase of its adult literacy program. The ceremony is expected to take place on Saturday, May 30, 2016 at the Chief Suah Koko Centre for Rural Women’s Empowerment, situated on the campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and it is expected to be graced by local and international partners. The forthcoming graduation is intended to honor and encourage the women who have successfully completed the first phase of the training program, which lasted for three months.
This idea of the adult literacy program was undertaken as a result of the National Rural Women Conference that was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County in March 2015 in which the rural women identified adult literacy as one of the top 5 vital components in addressing the empowerment of rural women. There were key issues addressed at this conference which focused on accelerating progress toward the economic empowerment of rural women. To fulfill the women’s desire for education, the Chief Suah Koko Center piloted a 3- month adult literacy program which culminated in March of 2016. The initiative is being sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme – Liberia. In September of 2015, UNDP extended the rural women adult literacy program to one year after the pilot. This was done in response to needs captured and highlighted in an assessment that was conducted by ABIC. This provided the opportunity for an advanced adult literacy program and made it possible to recruit new students.