USAID/EHELD Project Boost Engineering At UL, CU
Despite the Ebola situation that has paralyzed nearly every sector of the Liberian society; the USAID/EHELD Project is still working and making frantic efforts geared at preparing for the reopening of higher learning institutions.
The USAID/EHELD Educational Project has been engaged with students reading engineering and agriculture at the Universities of Liberia in Montserrado County and Cuttington in Bong County respectively.
During a recent visit on the campus of the Cuttington University in Bong County, some senior teaching faculty members explained how they were currently constructing fence on a large parcel of land on the premises of the Sustainable Development Institute that would be used by Agriculture students under the USAID/EHELD Project as research field.
Speaking to journalists during a tour of the agriculture facilities on the CU campus, the Acting Dean of the Department, Daniel Yarbah, explained that though the Ebola situation is serious, the Department wants to ensure security and prevent intruders from tampering with research works that would be performed by students.
The CU Agriculture educator said that during this break, works are being done under the USAID/EHELD Project to place the Department in a position to begin teaching students on how to grow fish and that under this arrangement of trying to grow fish, both fish and plants will be grown together since the idea is a relatively new one that Liberian students need to improve on.
In addition to efforts being exerted to get prepared for the return of students, Lepolu Torlon, another staff of the Department said staffers working with the USAID/EHELD Project were also engaged with the Animals and Health; Natural Resource Management and the Plant as well as Soil Departments as areas of concentration.
The University of Liberia (UL) Interim chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, Adolphus Nippaye, said the Department was now putting in place a mechanism to utilize some modern books and electronic equipment and materials provided by the USAID/EHELD Project.
Mr. Nippaye is therefore encouraging Liberian students to take advantage of the USAID/EHELD Project since the sort of equipment and modern technology under this program will afford them the space to compete with any engineer(s) at their level wherever they come from or meet.
The USAID/EHELD Project is an effort by the American people to help Liberian students on a scholarship basis who are interested in studying Engineering and Agriculture at the Universities of Liberia and Cuttington so that they would be prepared as future employers and entrepreneurs.
Since the Project commenced in 2012, several beneficiaries have graduated while some are now studying in foreign countries.