The program was colorful at the Hunter College High School in the heart of Manhattan, New York City, the United States when three Liberians, two from the Liberian Ministry of Education currently visiting the United States and one executive of I-HELP Liberia Project were recently honored for their services to the Liberian educational system, especially the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.
Mrs. Sanjay Faeflen, Director of Science and Technology at the Ministry Education, Mr. Lynon Martor, District Education Officer of Bain Garr in Nimba County, and Mr. Abraham Jabateh of I-HELP Liberia Project received their respective leadership awards in the presence of dozens of Hunter College High School students and well-wishers who gracefully poured praises on the honorees as each of them was given a new Dell laptop.
The Chairman of the head of I-HELP Board of Directors, Dr. Andrew Obuswho spoke at the program applauded the honorees for their steadfastness in helping to improve Liberia’s ‘Messy’ educational system through Liberia’s STEM Education.
The CEO of I-HELP, Ms. Heidi Baumgartner used the occasion to pledge her organization’s support to the Liberian educational system, and also on behalf of her organization donated a consignment of educational materials to be distributed to Liberian schools, most especially in the Bain Garr Education School District.
Speaking on behalf of the Liberian MOE Delegation, Director Faeflen thanked the I-HELP Liberia Project for the honoring program and promised to take the message to her Ministerand the Liberian people. She also used the occasion to appeal to all Liberians including those in the Diasporas to support STEM Education in Liberia. “STEM must be a collective effort as we as a nation dream and prepare to be one of the best among nations”, she said.
For the past 11 years, I-HELP Liberia Project USA has been to the aid of Liberian students through the conduct of STEM workshops, including Science Bowl Competitions, Math Olympic and donation of scientific materials to schools. This US based Non-Profit organization continues to encouraging science students and teachers to be innovative and proactive empowering Liberia.
In June 2017,I-HELP will be in Liberia to train about 75 science and math teachers and conduct Math Olympics in Montserrado and Ganta, Nimba County. The I-HELP Team will be headed by Dr. Andrew Obus, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia.