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Home The News COTAE Trains Local Journalists In Kakata

COTAE Trains Local Journalists In Kakata

As part of the budget tracking program funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), COTAE has trained 15 local journalists in Kakata City, Margibi County.

The training which was held at the Liberian Youth Network (LIYONET) event center on Friday, December 4, 2015 brought together 15 journalists from across the County working at community radio stations in Weala, Kakata and Harbel.



The one day interactive training was intended to educate the journalists on Education Budget Tracking. It was also aimed at enlightening the minds of the local journalists on how to properly report on the usage of funds allocated in the National Budget for the education sector.

Topics discussed during the workshop included “Understanding Corruption: Key issues and processes and “The Role of the Media in education Budget Tracking”.

Speaking at the end of the event, Mr. Anderson Miamen of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) said the training was intended to build the capacity of participants in order to enable them track activities within the education sector. He said the journalists need to particularly look at the budget and resources that are disbursed to the Ministry of Education in the County. Mr. Miamen also promised to continuously engage the journalists on the issue as long as the program exists.

Also speaking on behalf of the participants, ELBC’s Margibi County correspondent Emmanuel Degleh said the training will help strengthen the capabilities of the journalists and allow them promote transparency in the system by reporting on issues affecting the education sector.

He stated that if journalists do not raise the issue of accountability in the education sector, no one will raise it.

He recalled that journalists in Margibi have earlier raised an issue that led authorities of the Ministry to suspend the principal of the Lango Lippaye High school in Kakata and the subsequent reimbursement of money that was collected from students.

Mr. Degleh further narrated that several issues have occurred in the sector in Margibi. He meanwhile, promised on behalf of his colleagues to do their best in promoting the sector.

The training was facilitated by two astute individuals in person of Mr. Anderson of CENTAL and Mr. Ellis Togba of LEJA, and Irene T. Bass conducted.

As part of COTAE’s activities jingles portraying strategic messages have been distributed to additional five rural radio stations in five counties including Grand Bassa, Bong, Margibi, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount. The local journalists and some media practitioners in host counties expressed different experiences of those involved in education and how community involvement has been important.

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