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Giddings High School Gets US$35k Computer Facility
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 20 (LINA) - A specialized computer facility valued at over US$35,000 has been dedicated at the Kerkula Giddings High School in Sanoyea City, lower Bong County.
The project is a collaborative effort of the office of Bong County Senator Jewel Taylor and the Innovative Education Liberia (IEL), a non-profit innovation of the Samuel Morris Scholar Program.
The Samuel Morris Scholar Program, which was established by the Taylor University in the United States, is in memory of the late Samuel Morris, a Liberian who traveled to the United States in the late 1890s and revived the University through the word of God.
The Samuel Morris Scholar Program is the first of a specialized computerized learning program that interactively teaches people.
At Kerkula Giddings High School, the program will cover teachers as well as students from grades seven to 10 in Mathematics and Science.
Speaking on behalf of IEL at the dedication program on Monday, IEL Country Director Elijah Tarpeh said Kerkulah Giddings is the first school in Bong County to benefit from this gesture, while Liberia is also the first African country to get the program.
He also disclosed that the program’s pilot phase began in Sinoe County in 2013 after all 25,000 candidates who sat the University of Liberia entrance exams failed.
Also speaking at the program, Bong County Senator Jewel Taylor hoped that the introduction of the new innovation will further enhance the performance of students at the school.
She promised to ensure that the program is extended to the county’s premium high school, Dolokelen Gboveh High School, located in Gbarnga.
In remarks, Kerkula Giddings High School Principal Annie G. Paye lauded Senator
Taylor for the new program which, she said, will not only impact students but the staff as well.
"Since the construction of the school, this will be the first time our kids will have access to computer education,” Paye noted.