The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn

Eight Peace Corps Response Volunteers from the Peace Corps organization from the United States of America have been sworn in to provide assistance to the educational sector of Liberia.

The Peace Corps Volunteers Program is an initiative of the United Sates Government, dedicated to grassroots development and economic growth in developing countries.

The volunteers would be assigned at various government schools in the counties to promote students' achievement in Mathematics and Science.

Speaking Thursday in Monrovia at the swearing in ceremony, Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai said the deployment of the Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia demonstrates the continuation of the cordial relationship between Liberia and United States.

Vice President Boakai recounted that the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia continues to impact the educational capability of the student populace after years of civil war.

He indicated that Peace Corps Volunteers have a crucial role in post conflict reconstruction of Liberia, considering the challenges faced in the educational sector.

Vice President Boakai thanked the Peace Corps Volunteers for offering their services for the improvement of the educational programs in Liberia.

Performing the swearing in ceremony, United States Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac said the volunteers would be assigned in River Cess, Sinoe Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee Counties where their presence have been absent since 1990.

Ambassador Malac said the deployment of these volunteers is the culmination of a determined and dedicated effort to reestablish the contribution of Peace Corps volunteerism in those Southeastern Counties.

The United States Ambassador described the deployment of the volunteers as one of the best and most effective ways to demonstrate the United States' value and shared commitment to peace in Liberia.

Ambassador Malac reminded the Peace Response Volunteers that Liberia is a country that has a complicated history and was emerging from one of its darkest chapters; as such, they should ensure that their services impact the younger generation.

Malac: "I hope you see this as a challenge to overcome; rest assured your sacrifice will not go unnoticed or unappreciated by your neighbors and community members".

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