ArcelorMittal Launches Adult Basic Education for Employees

first_imgThe global steel giant, ArcelorMittal Liberia, said it has launched a literacy and numeracy program for its employees. It said the Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) is aimed at employees, who have not had a formal education. According to them, the program is now underway with 149 employees taking part at the company’s Yekepa and Buchanan sites, in collaboration with USAID’s Advancing Youth Project (AYP).ArcelorMittal Liberia senior managers, facilitators from AYP, USAID representatives, and employees admitted into the program attended the launch events at both sites in late May.Speaking at the launch in Buchanan, ArcelorMittal Liberia CEO Antonio Carlos Maria encouraged employees enrolled in the program: “You have made a bold decision, and we at ArcelorMittal Liberia will support your success in this program.” In Yekepa, mines manager Artur Gomez expressed the company’s support for each employee as well as offering some advice: “You need to be committed to this program,” said Gomez, “because we have shown our commitment by supporting you so you can attend this training.”ArcelorMittal said it has given its employees “paid leave” in order to study on the literacy course, which takes place twice a week, with two five-hour sessions.According to Gwendolyn Johnson, AYP representative, the six-month program will cover literacy and numeracy education, plus other skills to improve job performance and employees’ lives as a whole.Dr. John Malogo Kongola, head of the ArcelorMittal Liberia training and learning development department, who led the development of the project, said he and his team are encouraged by the excitement and enthusiasm shown by the group.“The response, to this program among employees, has been very positive. A total of 149 employees registered, 64 in Yekepa and 85 in Buchanan,” said Loveness Hoyange, one of the lead learning and development trainers at ArcelorMittal Liberia. According to Hoyange, as more employees learn about the program, demand for places is rising, signaling a need to expand the program once the first group of students has completed the course.  “Three departments were selected at each site to ensure full implementation, and all other departments will be added later,” said Hoyange. In Yekepa, candidates were selected from the mine, maintenance and estate departments, while in Buchanan candidates came from the port, rail and estate teams.Placement tests were done for all 149 candidates to determine which one of three categories was the appropriate level. Level one is for those who cannot read or write at all; level two is for students who have attended grades 1 and 2 and have limited reading and writing abilities; and level three is for those who have attended school up to grade 3 or 4, with some limitations. The USAID curriculum being used was developed in collaboration with the Liberia Ministry of Education. The program qualifies students who complete the course, to join the Liberia school system at Grade 7 if they wish to continue their education. “I am impressed by the commitment of these men and women,” said Gwendolyn Johnson who said that the ArcelorMittal Liberia students have shown a level of commitment beyond her previous experience: often after applicants take the placement test and once they learn the results, the majority do not pursue the course.“This was different at ArcelorMittal Liberia,” she said, “the numbers are encouraging and the learners are excited,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberty Party Vows to Resist Boakai

first_imgLiberty Party (LP) has vowed to resist every attempt by the governing Unity Party to renew another twelve years of governance over the state.The UP took power in 2006 bringing into office Africa’s first female elected President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later won a second six year mandate in 2011.President Sirleaf’s running mate in the past two consecutive elections, Vice President Joseph Boakai, recently accepted a petition from his home county Lofa, to contest the presidency in the 2017 presidential and general elections.Political commentators tip Boakai to win his party’s nomination and surge as a front runner, but the opposition believes affording UP another 12 years of uninterrupted leadership will have a negative effect on the progress of the country.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County over the weekend, Liberty Party Chairman Cllr. Fonati Koffa acknowledged that even though his party is devoted to producing Liberia’s next president, “no one political party can obtain the majority required.” As such,forming a strong coalition that will resist Vice President Boakai and the UP imposing continued dominance on Liberia is a cardinal direction of the party.“We do not believe UP will achieve 12 more years of power in this country and the 2017 Legislative and Presidential elections will be the time to change the ruling party. We are very prepared and that’s why we’re developing a system to reduce the number of political parties in order to build three or four blocks for the elections.“We believe that block LP will emerge as the winner because we are building together a block of political parties, institutions and individuals that are capable of not only delivering the message of change to the people of Liberia but also delivering good governance and credible leadership,” Cllr. Koffa asserted.He confirmed holding discussions with about five political parties, including the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). It is noteworthy that as LP is being branded “regime collaborators,” the official spokesperson of the party dismissed having any conversation with the governing UnityParty, maintaining that their engagement remains open to any party or individual.Liberty Party goes into these discussions without preconditions, he contended. “We will consider anything that will make the coalition stronger, but remember that LP believes we have the right proposition and we put it on the table. Our proposition is that the political leader of LP is by far the best to lead this country and if it does not favor us we will support whoever the coalition favors and we will work hard to ensure that person wins.”Meanwhile, LP has announced that it will hold a convention in Lofa County shortly to elect the new leadership of the party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more