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The Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) is comprised of five organizations: The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Liberia Economic Journalists Association (LEJA), Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY), Child Steps International and AIESEC Liberia.

The Coalition is structured in such a way that allows the representations of relevant stakeholders. Members are selected based on their track records, capacities, and vested interest in the education sector.


  • As lead organization, CENTAL, the national chapter of Transparency International, has a credible track record in advocacy for public integrity and brings on board wealth of experience in accountability and transparency works.
  • LEJA serves as the media and publicity arm of the Coalition. With member working in credible media entities, the organization is comprised of experienced journalists who report on social-economic issues in Liberia.
  • FLY is the umbrella organization for youths and students in Liberia. It is charged with the responsibility of organizing and coordinating the activities of the youth population of Liberia. Their experience in working with youth related issues is an added advantage for the coalition.
  • Child Steps International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problems faced by the world's most vulnerable children and their families.
  • AIESEC International is an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential, so as to have peace and full our full potential

The coalition was formed in 2011 and currently works both at the national and sub-national levels of the country.   COTAE has fostered a mutually beneficial partnership with the Ministry of Education and other national and international organizations.  The coalition’s growing relevance is based on its desire to improve the quality of education across Liberia by not just highlighting issues and challenges, but proffering solutions.  The coalition runs a radio program called: Issues in Education on Radio Veritas FM 97.8 MHz, which has become a platform for diverse voices to speak on educational issues.   COTAE has received funding from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and IBIS Liberia to advocate for the delivery of quality educational services across Liberia with enhanced citizens’ participation in the governance of the education sector.

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