The Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development,(EHELD) 2013 Smart Start program visitation has ended across the country.
A press statement from the Liberia Media Initiatives quotes the EHELD Partner Liaison Officer, Mardea James Varkpeh, as reporting an impressive turnout at the six sites.
According to Mardea Varkpeh, about four high schools participated in the exercise which was geared at fetching students to form part of the vacation program.
The EHELD Partner Liaison Officer told the Liberia Media Initiatives that students fetched during the Smart Start visitation tour have begun the process of signing up to prepare for other exercises in July.
Mardea said because of the impression and interest shown by students and school administrators for the EHELD program, the number of participating schools and students increased this year.
She explained that the EHELD visitation team and due to the high interest shown in Grand Gedeh by both students and school administrators had to deal with seven schools unlike other sites where the team interacted with about four schools.
Mardea said the Grand Gedeh County situation was given a special attention because the EHELD team met several high school principals from other schools that were part of this year’s program who had converged in Zwedru prior to their arrival to register their interest in the EHELD program.
According to the LMI media statement, Mardea named the counties visited as Grand Bassa, Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties with about eighty students from the selected schools in those counties.
The LMI further quoted the EHELD Partnership and Outreach Officer Mr. James Mulbah, as expressing satisfaction about the field reports, adding that one major concern presently is the setting of the two internship offices at the Universities of Liberia and Cuttington to help expose EHELD students to internship opportunities in their respective areas of studies.
The Partnership and Outreach Officer is grateful to the Liberia Agriculture Company(LAC) in Grand Bassa County for taking the initiative to sponsor the this year’s Smart Start project in Grand Bassa by underwriting all costs associated with the program.
Mr. Mulbah named Firestone, Liberia Maritime Authority and Accerlor Mittal among others as partners working with the Research Triangle Institute to ensure the success of the USAID sponsored EHELD project for Liberian students to study Agriculture at the Cuttington University and Engineering at the University of Liberia to become future employers and entrepreneurs.
The Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development project is a five-year project being implemented by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI).