Liberian Senate Meets Samuel Morris

May 10, 2016

The IEL team had the privilege of presenting the Samuel Morris Scholars Program to the Liberian Senate. As the plenary session got underway their presentation was moved to the top of the agenda … and given nearly an hour! It was a full chamber, including a packed gallery and the press.

During Friesen’s PowerPoint presentation there was rapt attention as he described how young Sammy Morris had impacted his world back in the 1890s. There was equal interest in the details of IEL’s computer-based learning program named in Morris’s honor. During the Q&A, one senator stood up and said, “We Liberians need to fund this!”

  L to R: Randy Carman, Elijah Tarpeh, Gary Friesen, Leon Amstutz, Charles Kirkpatrick, Alex Quiah

L to R: Randy Carman, Elijah Tarpeh, Gary Friesen, Leon Amstutz, Charles Kirkpatrick, Alex Quiah

This was one of many highlights during the month-long IEL engagement in Liberia. More than thirty-five guests from the U.S. participated, representing Ambassador Enterprises, Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Taylor University, and Northwest Nazarene University.

The program included mathematics testing in 10 schools, new “digital classrooms” for three schools, training of teachers and students, Samuel Morris character lessons, environmental stewardship program in eight schools, an alternate energy project, county-wide football tournament, and two major celebration programs in Greenville, Sinoe County.

Click here for a detailed May 2016 Trip Report.