Campaign to Collect 1M Textbooks Gains Momentum

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    Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., recently launched campaign in the United States of America (USA) to gather over one million copies of textbooks for Liberia is said to be gaining support, a dispatch from the U.S. has reported.

    Veep Boakai is not alone in the exercise, but in collaboration with the chapter of Future Farmers Association (FFA) in Chicago, Illinois (USA). The two bodies recently launched a campaign to collect more than one million textbooks for schools in Liberia. 

    The Book campaign, according to a dispatch, will locate, collect, package, and ship educational books in the areas of reading, mathematics, science, agriculture, and world history to students in Liberia.

    The FFA is a US-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of students implementing agriculture education in an agriculture classroom setting— a personal application setting known as Supervised Agricultural Experience, and leadership growth setting through the FFA organization. 

    The one million books campaign will accordingly, be coordinated by the Illinois/Liberia Partnership—a philanthropic group comprising Liberians and Illinois citizens working to encourage and support agricultural education in Liberian public schools.

    At the Launch in Chicago, Illinois recently, Vice President Boakai affirmed the support of the Government of Liberia to introduce agriculture in the curriculum of high schools as a means of encouraging leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

    He said Liberia’s food security would be greatly enhanced if students and future leaders embrace agriculture as a career option. 

    Reflecting on his days as Minister of Agriculture, VP Boakai said, the sector has one of the greatest potentials to create more jobs, and spur the economic growth of Liberia.

    Student Cody Carmen, Illinois Chapter president of the FFA with over 17,000 memberships has pledged on behalf of her members, their commitment to collect and ship books to Liberia to augment junior and senior high schools education by making text books available to their fellow students in Liberia.

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