The NEWS (Monrovia)

28 February 2013

Liberia: U.S. Embassy Graduates Liberian Students

The United States Embassy in Liberia has graduated for the first time more than 40 Liberian students in its Access Micros scholarship Program.

The program is aimed at helping disadvantaged students in Liberia to improve their English language skills and develop their self-confidence and leadership potentials.

It is also intended to teach Liberian students about American culture, literature and the historical likes between Liberia and the United States of America.

The program which began in 2004 has helped approximately 95,000 students in more than 85 countries.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Monrovia, United States Ambassador Deborah R. Malac said the program has laid a solid foundation for the students to continue their education.

Ambassador Malac said building a foundation for students especially the disadvantaged was critical in preparing them for career development and improvement.

Ambassador Malac said when students are given opportunity to improve their skills, it would create jobs and better educational prospects.

"Your accomplishment today after two years of hard work and study, should not be final chapter of your learning; this program laid a solid foundation for you to continue your education," Ambassador Malac told the students.

She encouraged the students to join the Embassy's Information Resource Center as members so that they can seek out books to continue building their skills.

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