The European Union Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Tiina Intelmann, on Friday March 31 hailed the Isaac A. David Memorial High School (IADMS) for its progress in extracurricular activities, mainly the ‘Life Skills Training Program (LSTP)’ which was launched at the school in December 2016.
Amb. Intelmann had paid a short late afternoon visit to the school’s Career Day to view items made by the students, as well as other ongoing works in Agriculture, Computer Literacy and Masonry and Carpentry.
Following the tour, Intelmann expressed gratitude to the students for their acceptance to learn. She also thanked the trainers for their commitment to help the students discover their potentials before they graduate from the school.
For the skills training, Amb. Intelmann expressed excitement to see students in any grade school, such as IADMS, learning life skills development.
She challenged the students to take the opportunity to learn how to repair computers, generators, planting of gardens, and bookkeeping, which she considers great advantages for the students.
Madam Intelmann pledged the EU’s commitment to partner with nations across the world to support grade schools and other vocational institutions to achieve such worthy objectives.
“Our support program in Liberia is US$300 million for seven years, which is divided among four priority areas including education, health, agriculture and security,” she pointed out.
Intelmann spoke of the need to improve facilities at vocational skills training centers.
“We look forward to having fruitful consultations with the government and other relevant institutions so as to know how we will apportion the amount according to priorities,” Intelmann said.
Michael Diliberto, the skills training coordinator, expressed the hope that the training program piloted by the school will eventually impact the lives of both the students and their parents.
“We are happy that our students are doing well in all the trade departments. We therefore pray that such seriousness will continue when resources are available,” Mr. Diliberto said.
Hakin Lansanan, a teacher assigned with the 12th graders in the bookkeeping class and project proposal writing, said he is pleased with his students’ performances.
Students Jartu Johnson and Jamesetta Thomas, of the 6th and 7th grades respectively, expressed joy for the opportunity afforded them to learn life skills development.
“Learning how to bake coconut cake, ginger cake and cassava cake makes me happy. I love baking now, not only on campus but at home as well. My parents are really supporting me in this,” student Jamesetta told the Daily Observer.
The Life Skills Training Program at the school is divided into sections, with the 12th graders doing bookkeeping and project proposal writing, the 11th graders doing computer analysis and repairs, and the 7th graders doing agriculture.