22 February 2013

Liberia: Leiti Takes Awareness to High Schools

As part of its efforts to ensure increased public awareness on the management of Liberia's natural resources, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) is expected to launch the Extractive Club Program in high schools today.

The program, branded "e-Club", will enable participating schools and students to access knowledge and relevant information on issues relative to the management of Liberia's natural resources through extra-curricular activities, including peer-to-peer discussions, lecture series, mentoring, and field trips, amongst others.

Ten schools from Montserrado County, particularly in Monrovia and its environs have been selected to participate in the initial phase of the program, funded by the German Government. The participating high schools include B.W. Harris, St. Teresa's Convent, G.W. Gibson, and Jimmy Jolocon.

Others are St. Mary, William V.S. Tubman, Len Millar, Haywood Mission Institute, Isaac David Memorial and the Caver Mission.

The launch will bring together over hundred students and other education stakeholders, as well as public officials.

A release said participating schools will be certificated. The event will also include a special practical discourse on the topic: "Transparent Resource Management: Implications for Peace and Development".

The discourse, which is one of several speaker series planned as part of activities for the e-Club, will be delivered by Dr. Francis M. Kaikai, Head of Civil Affairs, United Nations Missions in Liberia, according to the release.

The occasion will begin with a parade by participating schools and the LEITI Secretariat from the St. Teresa's Convent High School on Randall Street to the YMCA Gymnasium on Crown Hill, Broad Street, where the indoor program will take place.

The agreement to establish the Extractive Clubs was signed between the LEITI Secretariat and the German Development Corporation in December 2012, with Mark Mattner, GIZ Project Coordinator signing for the institution and Mr. Samson S. Tokpah, Head of the LEITI Secretariat signing for the LEITI.

The LEITI plans on expanding the program to other high schools around the country. The Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) is an autonomous agency established through an Act of the Legislature, to promote the transparent management of Liberia's extractive resources.

It is a tripartite arrangement governed by a Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG), consisting of representatives of the Government of Liberia, civil society organizations, the private sector, and Liberia's development partners.

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