Liberian Ministry of Defense Dedicates English Language Center

January 9, 2017 – The Liberian Ministry of National Defense dedicated the first-ever Armed Forces of Liberia English Language Center in Monrovia, Liberia Jan. 8, 2018.

Dedication of English Language Center
Dedication of English Language Center in Liberia

According to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), the project is a collaboration between the Liberian Ministry of Defense(MOD) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia.

The facility is designed to provide English language training to Armed Forces of Liberia Soldiers and Ministry civilians to prepare them for overseas training and other operational requirements. It includes the renovation of the Language Center, purchase of English curriculum materials, and the training of AFL language instructors, AFRICOM said.

The purpose of the new English Language Center is to prepare soldiers to pass the English Comprehension Level (ECL) exam which is needed to attend professional military education and other U.S.-based training.

The OSC supports the development of the Armed Forces of Liberia through four program areas: strengthening defense institutions; professional development; medical readiness; and maritime security.  In each area, the OSC provides leadership, resource management, and professional military education to civilians, officers, and non-commissioned officers within the Ministry of Defense.

Lieutenant General Thomas D. Waldhauser
Lieutenant General Thomas D. Waldhauser – AFRICOM

Led by Marine Corp General  Thomas D. Waldhauser, the United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations.

A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became fully operational capable on Oct. 1, 2008.

Political Subdivision Map of Liberia
Political Subdivision Map of Liberia

According to several international sources including UNICEF, UNESCO, CIA World Fact Book, Index Mundi and others, the literacy rate in Liberia stands at 47.6% of a population of 4.5 million people. Literacy is defined as the those over the age of 15 who can read and write.

Globally, Liberia ranks 106 on the literacy scale: female literacy is at 32.8%,  and the male literacy rate is 62.4%.

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