US$3.5m Computer Labs For 700 Liberian Schools

computer_lab_01The Samuel Morris Scholars Program has disclosed plans to set up computer laboratories in 700 schools and nine universities and technical institutions in the country at a cost of US$3.5 million.

According to the Technical Specialist of the Program, Alexander Quiah, under the pilot phase which started in 2015, they worked with five schools in Sinoe and Montserrado counties.

He named the schools as the St. Paul Episcopal High School, the St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, Harrison William Grigsby United Methodist High School, GVL School and the Sinoe Multilateral High School as those covered by the program based in Greenville, Sinoe County.

“The College of West Africa lab has been setup, bringing to 836 the number of student beneficiaries,” he said.

Quiah added that 288 junior and senior students from the Matilda Newport High, Seebeh, Juarzon and Willie Whylie Academic Schools are also being considered for inclusion in the program.

Quiah made the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the weekend during a tour of the program in Greenville by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.

The Senator’s visit was intended to sensitize women and youth on the need for them to fully participate in the political governance of the country and to also send their children to school, while youths were encouraged to take their education seriously.

Quiah indicated that the computers are built with specialized programs that enhance learning as they can also be used for research purposes.

The laptops through servers provide audio and visual learning, he said.

The program is funded by the Taylor University in Indiana, USA in recognition of Samuel Morris’ contributions while serving the institution.

“The history of Samuel Morris who died more than 75 years ago tells that he was a Liberian hailing from Sinoe County,” Quiah explained.

Included in the program is the training of several Liberians, some of whom are now serving as facilitators and instructors in the pilot schools.

Quiah noted that five facilitators are assigned to each of the functioning labs in six schools in a program that is similar to the one envisaged by the Ministry of Education.

The US$3.5 million scholar program began 2015 and will end in 2020. It is targeting ninth, twelfth, university and other undergraduate learning programs.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.