Teach For Liberia’s Unique Impact-Mission and Vision
Teach For Liberia’s (TFL) mission is to build the movement to expand
educational opportunity by enlisting Liberia’s most promising future leaders –
locally and in the Diaspora – in the effort.
Based on the highly successful Teach For America model, Teach For Liberia seeks to
recruit high-performing, qualified young Liberian professionals and recent college
graduates as teachers, implement training programs, and furnish schools and communities
with the educational tools that are essential for the success of Liberia’s children.
The ultimate goal is to implement a Teacher Corp that will address the shortage of
qualified teachers in the country.
Over the long term, Teach For Liberia will have an impact on three levels:
1) We will build a unique pipeline of leadership for education by changing the
career paths of our alumni, many of whom will remain in education or in related efforts;
2) We will impact/narrow or breach the achievement gaps that exist among West
African countries and Liberia that use the WAEC exams (National Standardized
Tests administered by the West African Examination Council) as a standard of
educational achievement and evaluation; and1 The term ambassador is being
used as a synonym for teacher. In addition to teaching, our ambassadors will
serve as representatives of TFL, be active members of their community and
model what quality education should produce for Liberia’s children.
3) The rare perspective and commitment our participants gain from their teaching
experience will influence the priorities and leadership of those who leave the
education sector and assume positions of influence throughout society.
To achieve both the short-term goal of increased academic proficiency for
Liberian children and long-term goal of increasing the prosperity and peace of
Liberia, TFL will use the model put forth by Teach For All, Inc. (teachforall.org)
that is active and effective in 34 countries on six continents ranging from China to
Brazil. The model’s efficacy was first proven through the success of Teach For
America and Teach First (U.K.). Both organizations have been recognized for
their impact on student achievement and their unparalleled role as a leadership
pipeline for education reform in their respective countries. Now, other programs
in the Teach For All network are showing similar potential, with new research
from around the world demonstrating incredible impact on student outcomes and
alumni career choices.
TFL aims to be the single greatest investment of development funding by
changing the life trajectory of Liberian students. Over time this movement will
cultivate a community who recognizes the explicit value of devoting themselves
to educational excellence. As students begin to display measurable success in
the classroom, exhibit mastery of lessons and are able to enter college and the
job market, they will become partners with leaders to continue the cycle of
educational advancement. Members of the alumni community of TFL, former
students, and stakeholders will collectively continue to foster positive attitudes
towards education, its ability to affect mobility, and to sustain a peaceful and