Michigan educators coach Liberian teachers eager to rebuild their country

Lauren Slagter | lslagter@mlive.com

Secondary teachers in Liberia learned new instructional strategies and hands-on activities for their students during a two-week workshop this summer run by Michigan educators. (Courtesy photo)
Secondary teachers in Liberia learned new instructional strategies and hands-on activities for their students during a two-week workshop this summer run by Michigan educators. (Courtesy photo)

ANN ARBOR, MI – A trip to Africa over the summer renewed local educators’ appreciation for the wealth of resources and approach to education found in most American schools.

Five educators from southeast Michigan spent two weeks in Liberia, Africa, in August training local teachers on instructional practices and then watching them in action with students. The trip was funded through a United States Agency for International Development grant that the University of Michigan partners in, with the goal of rebuilding Liberia’s infrastructure and resources following 14 years of civil war.

The trip was an unforgettable experience for Skyline High School math teacher Jeff Oleksinski and Hans Sowder, the academic officer for K-12 programming in the University of Michigan’s Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach. They were joined by a chemistry teacher from Novi, a physics teacher from Ferndale and an English as a Second Language teacher who works at several centers for migrants and refugees.

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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), including several other international organizations of journalists.