A USAID sponsored project referred to as “EHELD” has urged Liberian students wishing to enroll at universities to choose Science and Agriculture as their life-building careers.
EHELD gave the encouragement recently at the end of a career selection seminar for 40 Liberian students on the Fendell campus of the University of Liberia.
A representative of EHELD at the closing ceremony, Oscar Goodyee, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer that the program is meant to tutor and persuade high school students wishing to enter university to choose Agriculture and Engineering in their university studies.
The program, Mr. Goodyee said, is implemented in collaboration with the University of Liberia and Cuttington University from where faculty staff also came to complement the facilitators’ efforts.
According to him, the program was conducted for two weeks and students interacted with their teachers in English, science and mathematics to build their motivations in selecting Engineering and Agriculture when entering university.
“We invited 40 teachers from the 15 counties and they interacted with the facilitators from Michigan University in United States so that they would teach students the right lessons to be equipped when they enter the university,” Goodyee said.
As a result of collaborations with Cuttington University and University of Liberia to encourage Liberian students toward Engineering and Agriculture, Goodyee said the EHELD program has equipped the engineering lab of the University of Liberia and the agriculture lab at Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
The USAID sponsored education program, otherwise known as ‘Student Pipeline Program,’ also brought facilitators from the University of Michigan in the United States.
Goodyee said Liberian teachers also interacted with facilitators from the Michigan University and were tutored in lessons that they can present to students in the priority areas.
He assured that, come October this year, they are going to dedicate the engineering lab at the UL, where equipment there will be displayed. According to him, both the University of Liberia and Cuttington University now have the best agriculture and engineering labs in the country.
As a show of gratitude to their facilitators, the beneficiaries gowned them and extended words of appreciation for the time spent.