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Liberia: Action plan to fight privatisation and strengthen education union

The National Teachers' Association of Liberia (NTAL) has set up an action plan to build on work done on fighting privatisation, as well as strengthening the education union.

The action plan was established in the framework of a consortium coordinated by Education Internaitonal and comprising Education International’s affiliates and development cooperation partners - the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Danish Union of Teachers, Utdanningsforbundet (Norway), and Lärarförbundet (Sweden).
 
 
Over a six month-period from July to December 2020, activities are focusing on three main areas:
  • Publication and printing of necessary materials informing NTAL members and the public about trade union programmes and activities at local, regional and national levels. These publications will also increase the NTAL membership.
  • Communication via ”NTAL Half-Hour” on radio. This activity consists in airing all NTAL programmes and activities on the radio twice a month, in all 15 counties. This will ensure that the NTAL will be more accountable and transparent to its members.
  • Advocacy against the privatisation of education.  NTAL will continue its advocacy campaign against the privatisation and commercialisation of public education in Liberia, alerting the public about the negative impact and threats posed by the latter. This will be done through, among others, demonstrating how the teaching profession is being undermined by for-profit private actors, meeting with relevant ministries and agencies, conducting press interviews, participating in radio talk shows, or doing awareness-raising visits in the counties.