Bishop Quire presents a gift to President Sirleaf as UMC launched the girls’ education scholarship fund.

UMC Launches Scholarship Fund for Girls

The Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMU) last Sunday launched the Girl’s Scholarship Fund drive named the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Scholarship Fund for Girls in Ganta, Nimba County.

The fund, according to Bishop Samuel J. Quire, is in appreciation for President Sirleaf’s numerous achievements, including becoming the first female President of Liberia and Africa.

Mrs. Jones addresses graduates (R), who proudly marched into the hall (L) for the certification program.

EPAG-ECD Trainees Showcase Competence

Deafening applause from the audience filled the Love Center Ministries Church on the Old Road last Friday as graduates from the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG), impressed their trainers, families and well-wishers by relaying what they learned from their seven-month training.

The girls, 60 in number, were recruited for the teacher’s aide and care-giving training last year following a thorough screening.

(L-R) Love Int’l School celebrates after winning US$150 competition prize; Miller B. Catakaw addresses the elated students

Love In’t Wins Catakaw Academic Competition

Love International School recently won the Miller B. Catakaw District #9 Montserrado County’s Annual Quiz Competition. The school defeated titleholder Joseph Jenkins Roberts (JJR) School 65 points to 45 to settle for second place.

Love International School walked away with a cash prize of US$150, while JJR took home US$100.

The contest, held under the theme, “Dusting Our Books for Study,” brought together 16 schools in the district.

The students were quizzed in mathematics, general science, social studies, language arts and Liberian history.

Prez Sirleaf: “This system aims at rapid education transformation.”

Ellen: Partnership Schools Making A Difference

While delivering her final state of the nation address last month, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was not short of praise for Partnership Schools of Liberia (PSL), which came into effect last year as a pilot project.

“Liberia needed to adopt a more radical approach, because we know that education is a long-term endeavor and more rapid results can only be achieved by departing from traditional structures,” the President said.

For that reason, she said, “we adopted the Partnership School System with direct support from private partners—domestic and international.”

Executive Director Ama Harris (right) addresses ten of the students and teacher Johnetta Anderson (far right rear)

R Rosetta Steps Literacy Center Gives Back to Society

What was originally meant to be a center for reading for kids in Point Four and nearby communities has now gained support from Exxon Mobil and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to operate an after school program.

Known as Rosetta Steps Literacy Center, the program will graduate 180 kids within a year, according to Ms. Ama W. Harris, director of the center.


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