Third County Added

September 3, 2016

  R: Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor

R: Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor

As the Samuel Morris Scholars Program grows and flourishes, the IEL team continues to gain avid supporters. They have found an ally in Liberian Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor. With her backing, the program was implemented in Kerkulah Giddings School in Bong County. IEL is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue expanding the program and, with this new addition, is now established in three Liberian counties – Sinoe, Montserrado, and Bong! The Senator, along with many guests and members of the press, was present to accept and celebrate IEL’s “digital classroom” at Kerkulah Giddings School. The students are learning computer skills, mathematics, and character building lessons from Samuel Morris’s life. Being partnered on the laptops has also helped the students learn basic life skills such as sharing and teamwork.

Another highlight of the trip was implementing the new “KA-Lite as a Curriculum” at the established schools. Instead of merely utilizing the provided resources as an after-school supplemental aid, the schools are now transitioning to using KA-Lite as the main form of learning.

A major milestone occurred on this trip as the U.S. staff was able to turn over a majority of the teaching and training to the Liberian IEL staff. The local staff (currently six) is growing in both number and expertise. They have stepped up to the plate and have been immensely successful in handling the new responsibilities!

Click here for a detailed September 2016 Trip Report.