17 July 2013

Liberia: USAID-Eheld Begins 2013 Summer Program

The project team of the USAID Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) has formally launched its 2013 Summer Program in Liberia with an urge for beneficiaries to exhibit good conduct during the exercise.

According to the Liberia Media initiative, the 2013 Summer Program runs from July 15-26 at six different camps across the Country. Each camp is to receive 80 students from selected private and public high schools in each county. The USAID-EHELD program will be held in camps at selected high schools in Bomi, Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties, respectively.

Selected schools include the Dolokolen Gboveh High School in Gbarnga, Voinjamin Multilateral High School in Voinjama, John W. Pearson High School in Ganta, St. Joseph's Catholic High School in LAC, Zwerdu Multilateral High School in Zwerdu, and C.H. Dewey High School in Tubmanburg.

Through the EHELD public-private partnership building initiatives, the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) will sponsor the St. Catholic High School's camp program in Grand Bassa County.

The 2013 Summer Start program is specifically targeting in-coming Engineering students at the University of Liberia, Cuttington University Agriculture students, and summer start returning students; while the Upward Bound program targets 10th, 11th and 12th graders from high schools in Suakoko, Bong County and its environs.

During the official opening ceremony, the Chief of Party for USAID-EHELD Yark Kolva, said Agriculture and Engineering are fields identified that can help Liberians generate wealth and assist in the rebuilding and reconstruction of the country.

Speaking in Tubmanburg, Bomi County on Monday, Chief of Party Kolva admonished benefiting students to abide by the rules of the USAID-EHELD Summer Start program and exhibit a high degree of positive conduct to remain part of the week-long Fast Start program, adding that anyone disqualify as a result of bad behavior will not benefit from future program.

He said staffs from the University of Michigan, U.S. Peace Corp Volunteers and school administrators working with the USAID-EHELD project are facilitating the summer program to help students appreciate Agriculture and Engineering as among disciplines worth pursuing after secondary education. Yark also urged the beneficiaries to appreciate the program, which is aimed at building the capacity of Liberian youths as future employers and entrepreneurs.

Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Browne, called on the participants to anxiously take advantage of the USAID-EHELD Summer program, and encouraged them to always seek the sky as a limit in their educational sojourn.

He told the participating students not to relent in accepting educational opportunities such as the USAID-EHELD program that would develop their minds and assist them in making informed decisions about future careers, urging them to consider the program as a golden opportunity geared at making them productive future leaders.

Superintendent Brown further reminded that only hard working youths, who prepare themselves educationally now, will reap positive results in the future. This year's Fast Start program is creating capacity in Engineering, Agriculture, Math, Computer and Life Skills in six camps across Liberia, targeting a total of 480 beneficiaries.

The USAID- EHELD Project is currently providing scholarships for about 100 academically bright Engineering and Agriculture students at the University of Liberia and Cuttington University, respectively with funding from the United Sates Government through USAID.

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