Sinoe County Pilot Launched

September 26, 2015

August 31, 2015, the Innovative Education Liberia (IEL) team of Elijah Tarpeh, Gary Friesen, Leon Amstutz, Charles Kirkpatrick, and Eric Kellerer hand-carried nearly 100 laptops to Liberia. In Greenville the team was joined by Alex Quiah. Over the next three weeks the Samuel Morris Scholars Program pilot was successfully launched in Sinoe County. Eight schools were selected to participate in this year-long study to assess the effectiveness of computer-based learning in rural Liberia.

The pilot will focus on mathematics learning for grades 5, 6, 9, and 12. Five schools will use KA-Lite in their new computer labs, with the remaining three schools serving as control groups. Over 600 students in the eight schools were assessed using three different instruments: 1) Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) computer-based test, 2) paper-based arithmetic & pre-algebra diagnostic test, and 3) a learning perceptions survey. These assessments will be administered again in January and June to measure progress gained. In addition to the assessments, students and teachers were trained in basic computer skills (most of the students had never used a computer), KA-Lite, and RACHEL Library. They were also introduced to the Samuel Morris 3Cs lessons that will provide training in character and relational effectiveness.

Additional details and photographs are included in this document, Sinoe Pilot Launch – Sept 2015 (a compilation of ten email reports sent back to headquarters during the course of the trip).