6 August 2012

Liberia: Peace Corps Totals 64

The third group of 44 Peace Corps volunteers--the largest since the U.S. voluntary program was renewed in 2008 in Liberia--was inducted here Friday.

The new group includes 35 new volunteers and 9 Response ones who previously completed a two-year assignment in different countries.

The 35 PCVs will teach for two years while the nine Response volunteers will serve for six months in the country.

The new group brings to a total of 64 Peace Corps Volunteers in the country since the Peace Corps Program renewed here in 2008.

Three of the volunteers who are in their 70s will teach at Cuttington University in a pilot program to train new secondary school teachers, while the others will teach at public schools to be identified.

The Charge' Affaires at the U.S. Embassy here, Ambassador Michael Arietti performed the ceremony, saying the volunteers will be teaching at 39 high schools across the country and Cuttington University.

He said their assignments will including teaching some 7,000 young students English, mathematics and science courses as well as helping them to cope with WAEC (the West African Examination Council) lessons.

"The program is successful and has rapidly grown in size and scope due to your government's leadership and support," Ambassador Arietti assured President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Later, the President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the United States government for supporting the educational system of Liberia, and praised the new arrivals for their courage to come here despite Washington's travel warning to U.S. citizens against Liberia.

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