Vice President Joseph Boakai last Friday, June 10, dedicated a modern Class E-computer lab at the William V. S. Tubman High School, urging the students to take advantage of opportunities in technology, as the world has become a global village because of technology.
VeeP Boakai also dedicated another lab, known as “IMAGINE HUB” at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) where the students have struggled with their research and other computer-related work over the years due to the lack of a laboratory. The two labs are sponsored by Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO).
The total cost of the facilities, according to LIBTELCO Program Director Ralph Sonkarlay, is about US$105, 000.
V.P. Boakai called on the students to take advantage of the opportunities that LIBTELCO has provided to enable them to improve their skills in technology.
He lauded LIBTELCO for the contributions to the two schools, especially for bringing technology close to the students, some of whom will be graduating within a few months.
“Thank you for recognizing the importance of technology. We are happy as a government to see that young people have access to technology. I therefore urge you, the students to prioritize the opportunity you have and advance your skills in technology,” said the V.P.
The process, according to V.P. Boakai, is part of government’s Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030 aimed at improving education.
He also urged the schools’ respective administrations to make use of the opportunity and to build on it for the future of the students.
Acting Director of LIBTELCO, Checago Bright-Sawo, in his remark, said the support of LIBTELCO to establish labs in schools is to help students get easy access to technology.
“Tubman High school’s computer lab has about 50 computers, while AMEU has 25 pieces of Dell computers,” Mr. Bright-Sawo told the audience.
The initiative, according to him, is part of his agency’s strategies to provide innovative and practical solutions for economic growth through the use of Information Communications Technologies (ICT).
For his part, Education Minister George Werner said following a tour of schools in the counties, the delegation found out that students were requesting for computers to improve their skills in technology. And following their requests, LIBTELCO step up the initiatives and set up computer labs in some schools in Sinoe County, Barclayville, in Grand Kru County, Tubman High and the AMEU in Monrovia, among others.
Minister Werner used the occasion and called on students to make use of Internet gadgets including cell phones, laptops and computers to acquire advanced knowledge.
He expressed gratitude to LIBTELCO for the project, stating that investing in education is critical to the growth of every country.
Also in remarks, AMEU President Dr. Joseph Isaac said the computer lab presents a better environment to enable students to advance in technology.