Peace Corps Volunteers on Standby for Liberia

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President Sirleaf cuts ribbon for the new headquarters (L) and Mr. Fleming (R) makes remark.jpg

There are plans for more Peace Corps volunteers to come to Liberia to provide services in education, its Country Director Kevin Fleming has announced.

He made the disclosure recently at a program marking the official opening of the newly constructed Peace Corps offices on 11th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The Peace Corps headquarters, which was previously in Congo Town, did not have adequate space for other activities, according to Mr. Fleming.

He said the dedication of the new building means more Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) would be coming to Liberia “because they have a wider area that can accommodate their activities.”

He said inadequate space was responsible for the low number of volunteers to Liberia, pointing out that with the end of Ebola infections in the country, many Peace Corps Volunteers are willing to make Liberia their destination to improve on the education sector.

Mr. Fleming said the Ebola outbreak affected PCV’s operations in the country, though some volunteers remained and worked with personnel of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in about 1,149 villages.

In June this year, five volunteers returned to Liberia and are currently teaching mathematics and science subjects in schools in Margibi, Bong and Montserrado counties.

Mr. Fleming said over 126 school administrators of 63 schools from 14 of the 15 counties have been trained by Peace Corps volunteers.

U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac said the process leading to the coming of PCVs in post-war Liberia was underway before the Ebola crisis. She re-echoed the coming of more volunteers to help Liberia’s education sector.

The new headquarters’ dedication was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, Education Minister George Werner and a host of other government officials.

American Peace Corps volunteers began arriving in Liberia in 1962. As many as 4,000 volunteers have taught in Liberian schools and teacher training institutes, including the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI).

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