Liberia: US$10M STEAM Project for Lofa Insight
.... "Our Seeds Tomorrow will create an institute to grow a community development program to influence and benefit thousands of individuals in Fissibu, the designated location of the investment, and the surrounding communities,” Fumbah said,
A US-based organization, Our Seeds Tomorrow (OST), and the Government have signed an agreement aimed at investing in the sciences, technology, environment, agriculture, and mathematics (STEAM) areas of the country.
The initiative aims to sharpen and renew the minds of many Liberian people, especially with the benefits of technology and engineering, while creating more job opportunities.
The facilities of the new program, which will be built in Lofa County, are expected to cost around US$10 million. Liberia’s Minister of Justice, Cllr. Musa Frank Dean said the completion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) provides the framework for the two parties to commence collaborative work.
The signing ceremony was held on August 30, at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia. The OST founder and Executive Director, Dazia Fumbah, said the new program is key to Liberia as they intend to partner with the government to provide sustained opportunities for Liberians.
Fumbah said there's a need to have a paradigm shift in opportunities that can help in impacting the Liberian people and remain confident in achieving it through innovative, and economic growth that will take Liberia to the next level.
He stressed that the new program is to allow Liberians to be part of the innovative process and the growth taking place across the globe.
“The way we can create opportunities for Liberian people is through the planting of seeds of agriculture projects. We have soils in this country and so establishing agriculture projects can lead to many things, including food security, job opportunities, and economic growth, he said.
The STEAM project calls for the government and partners to work together to develop and establish policies and procedures that will promote and sustain a market for working with the government.
"Our Seeds Tomorrow will create an institute to grow a community development program to influence and benefit thousands of individuals in Fissibu, the designated location of the investment, and the surrounding communities,” Fumbah said,
The new partnership further seeks to provide a comprehensive science, technology, environmental, agriculture, and mathematics educational program as well as service-learning courses.
Fumbah disclosed that students from 10th grade to 12th grade are able to attend the STEAM, indicating that the assessment of the land and other important components have been completed.
An undisclosed community in Lofa County has promised to provide 50,000 acres of land for the kickoff of the program and the project will commence in January 2024.
OST intends to invest in other sectors of the country evidenced by the involvement of the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, and Justice Ministry.
The CEO said the facilities and equipment of the project will cost between US$7 to US$10 million United States dollars, and they intend to seek international partners to raise the money and be able to impact the Liberian people.
He added that the new program aims to sharpen and renew the minds of many Liberian people, especially with the issue of technology and the benefits of the country.
Additionally, the agreement states that With the support of the Government, "Our Seeds Tomorrow" is driven to provide education for future leaders of tomorrow through the construction of a campus in post-war Liberia for its immediate purpose of improving the economic condition of the areas in which it serves.
According to the new agreement, education will also focus on areas of public health awareness and general education.
Our Seeds Tomorrow is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is devoted to making a difference in the community. We provide the highest quality programs that benefit the community and surrounding areas.