Five modern laptop computers valued at over US$2,500 have been donated to Golden Veroleum Liberia School System by Innovative Education Liberia, a subsidiary of Ambassador Enterprises, a United States based charity group.
The donation is part of a partnership which commenced 2014. The group had earlier donated 17 computers as part of a pilot project expected to be launched in August this year. Nearly three dozen computers are expected to be donated to GVL School Sysrem as part of the program package.
Inclusive of universities in Liberia the project amongst other things seeks to target five schools in Sinoe County through the creation of computer labs and training to bring first class education to under developed countries around the world.
Already, the Methodist University and University of Liberia have received 20 laptops as part of the project. In the long term, it intends to impact 700 primary and secondary schools, 10 colleges and universities, three rural teacher training institutes, 149,000 students and 3,100 teachers.
Making the presentation to GVL last Wednesday, IELs Country Director Elijah Tarpeh said his institution was pleased to partner with GVL. Since 2014, he described the partnership as rewarding and progressing.
Accompanied by Professor Gary Friesen, he disclosed that in addition to KA-Lite/Khan Academy mathematics workshop held 2014; a computer lab inclusive of an offline internet system for GVL School in Butaw is in sight.
“This technology helps students access the internet without any means of connection to Wi-Fi,” Tarpeh added. “We are very pleased to donate the equipment and we have no doubt that this will go a long way.”
Responding, GVL Career and Education Manager, Jean Hannah-Thompson lauded IEL executives for their move. “We are very pleased by this donation and can assure you that it would be used for the intended purpose,” Hannah-Thomason said.
She referenced KA-Lite program which improved the educational skills of dozens of GVL students. GVL School in Butaw currently has approximately 650 students, with plans to expand into other areas where the company operates.
“We are proud to say that the KA-Lite program has helped improve our students. Those who have left our institutions and gone to others are doing extremely well,” she said. She then pledged GVL’s continuous commitment to working with Innovative Education Liberia, especially as the company moves towards its production era, thus increasing its student base in both Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.
Wednesday’s donation was attended by GVL Human Resources Manager Eric Goll; Government Compliance Manager, Emmanuel Yarkpazuo; GVL Vice Principal for Instruction, Alexander Quiah; and GVL spokesman Stephen Binda, amongst others, according to a release.