NCCC Under Dr. Gono Is Making The Difference By Impacting The Lives Of Liberia’s Future Leaders Educationally

The NCCC President, L/R: Some professors of the College with Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono President of the College, Mr. Lynon Martor, DEO and Mrs. Sangay Faeflin both of the Ministry of Education

The Nimba County Community College (NCCC) one of Liberia’s many community colleges established 2010 under the regime of Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is making headway in helping to professionally impact the lives of high school graduates who are in pursuit of college education to better their lives in several disciplines.

It was an opportunity on the part of the staff of GNN-Liberia to have been given the right away to tour the Campus of this well-organized community college by its President, Dr. Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono with some officials from the Ministry of Education and a team of I-Help Liberia Project, a passion-driven institution in the area of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).

Dr. Gono with two of her professors of the Department of Science and Agriculture

Dr. Gonway-Gono who expressed gratitude of the visit, speaking in an exclusive interview with our staff during the tour boastfully expressed excitement of becoming the founding President of the Nimba County’s lone Community College which she described as her ‘Brainchild’.

Dr. Gono speaking further vowed to impacting the lives of dozens of the County’s youthful generation through the availability of qualified instructional staff to help create a better learning atmosphere to the over 2,000 young Liberian youths who are anxious, and willing to acquire college education.

During the tour, the passion driven for education Liberian youthful population on the campus who appeared overwhelmed of the level of education being impacted in them by the college, and the kind gesture being applied by the President of the college to see them utilizing the knowledge of well-trained instructional staff, some of whom who hailed from the County and have acquired sound educational background abroad.

The Early Childhood Development Center under construction by the Dr. Gono led administration

Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono who herself is a recipient of one of U.S. based notable Universities, speaking to the GNN-Liberia vowed to do all in her powers to make the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) number one to none in Liberia and also making sure that the college’s beneficiaries (Students and Graduates) becomes the best in their quest to sound education.

The NCCC with the Moto: ‘Sleh-Dor-Zee’ meaning ‘The way to build a nation’ which was established by an Act of the National Legislature of Liberia, on September 16, 2010 with the responsibility to providing liberal and practical education, in preparing Liberians and foreign nationals in various fields of professional pursuits.

Some of the students who were also spoken to during our tour

This College has professionally grouped trained instructional staff including Dr. Yar Doniah Gonway-Gono; B.Th, M. Div, Th.M Ph.D, Diaba Tozau; Vice President for Academic Affairs; B.A.M.A. Ph.D. and several well grinded Liberian scholars pledged to academically nurture their students for the betterment of their future in various disciplines.

Speaking to our staff during the tour of the campus, students in their joyous state of mind, who spoke to GNN-Liberia publicly praised the administration of the NCCC for the high level of professionalism being exhibited by its teaching staff under the able leadership of Dr. Gono, stressing that their selection to academically nurture them was a blessing to the entire NCCC student populace.

Dr. Gono and Mrs. Faeflin during a tour of the Department of Science and Agriculture

Interestingly, during the tour of the NCCC Campus, three Americans including two Peace Corps Volunteers who encouraged by Dr. Gono to come to Liberia, expressed gratitude, and further said they are overwhelmed of their journey to Liberia to help supplement the efforts of the College’s administration in impacting knowledge into the nation’s youthful population, especially those who are seated at the NCCC in pursuit of higher education.

Miss Kristen Graver-Gray assigned at the NCCC and Miss Malea Lind who assigned in Duoplay, Nimba County providing skills training in education in the County, said they are pleased to be in Liberia to help impact sound knowledge via academic sojourn to Liberia’s future leaders who are desperate to chase academic freedom and make use of their future.

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Kristen Graver-Gray, an American Peace Corps Volunteer assigned at the Department of Science and Agriculture who has been in Nimba County, specifically on the campus of the NCCC since last September (2016), and traditionally named by the people of the County as “Kou” due to her selfless efforts in helping to mold the minds of the youthful population of the County in education, expressed delight in working with the administration and students of the institution.

For her part, Madam Damita Lynn Kamara who is also an American assigned on the campus of the NCCC as a Registrar also expressed thanks and appreciation to the administration of the College for affording her the opportunity to come to Liberia, West Africa to help in molding the minds of the country’s future leaders.

The daylong tour of the College’s Campus included a team from the Ministry of Education, and the I-Help Liberia Project, Mr. J. Lynon Martor (District Education Officer in Nimba County), Mrs. Sangay Faeflen (Director of Science at the Ministry of Education) and Mr. Abraham K. Jabateh (Director of I-Help Liberia Project) were also opportune to have toured this beautiful and well layout campus of NCCC observing how professors who are responsible for various courses were academically doing in catering to their respective assigned students.

On the establishment of the College, it was disclosed that the creation of the Nimba County Community College was fulfilled through the instrumentality of the of the 52nd Nimba County Legislative Caucus in 2010 with a bill sponsored by all members of the House of Representatives from Nimba County and supported by the two senators of the County.

Following the formation of the College with Dr. Gono being the founding President, some of the students who spoke to our staff described the NCCC President as ‘Iron lady’ at which time during the tour she boasted of a number of developments on the campus including the construction of an ‘Early Childhood Development Center’ in the neighborhood of the College.

According to Dr. Gono, the objective of this center is to swiftly accommodate children whose parents are utilizing the educational opportunity on the campus of the NCCC acquiring college education while their kids who may be enrolled at the early childhood center to have opportunities of also learning at the center while their parents undergo goes intensive academic torturing at the College to achievement their lifetime careers as students and graduates of the NCCC.

At this lone College of Nimba County several courses are offered including: Liberal Art and Social Science, Science and Agriculture, Geology and Mining, nursing, Accounting. Management, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Primary and Secondary Education, and Forestry.

The College under the mentorship of Dr. Gono during its first graduation in 2015 graciously put out over 1,300 students from difference disciplines of the institution with 55% male and 45% female, an early situation that has drew the huge attention of the larger population of the County’s youthful population to grow serious attention in education.

Some of the students who spoke to our staff on the Campus of the College poured praises on its management team headed its illustrious President, Dr. Gono who has taken the challenge to making the NCCC the number one in the Liberian educational system.

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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.