One of Liberia’s largest education charities, the Liberia-Ghana Missions (L-GM), last Friday offered 10 scholarships and made a commitment to support the Bryant Theological Seminary at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) on Camp Johnson Road.
The offer was made by the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the L-GM, Reverend Emmanuel Giddings, when he served as chief launcher of a scholarship fund drive hosted by the seminary.
Rev. Giddings, an advocate for access to education for Liberians, recounted the benefits of scholarships to capacity building in any nation.
“First of all, scholarships will help reduce the illiteracy rate in the country,” Rev. Giddings said.
He described illiteracy as a “deadly disease” and added a quotation from Oxfam International statistics that say illiteracy among women rose to 90 percent after the Liberian civil war, while men’s rose to 75 percent.
The L-GM says it currently supports at least 20 students, including five theological students at the AMEU, and announced that 6,000 students have enrolled in 500 schools as the entity’s direct beneficiaries of its educational assistance program for the 2016/2017 school year.
Rev. Giddings disclosed that his institution provides assistance to students in technical and vocational disciplines as well as in colleges and universities in seven counties.
A United Methodist cleric, Rev. Giddings obtained his theological education from the Gbarnga School of Theology before further education in the United States.
Rev. Giddings credits Alfalit International president Joseph Milton for supporting education in Liberia. Alfalit International supports both literacy and formal education in Liberia.