Overview Report of Senator Taylor’s Visit to IEL Labs April 2, 2016
In a colorful style, Senator Chief Jewel Howard Taylor entered the City of Greenville with a warmed greetings from a cross-section of citizens and elders of Sinoe County. After that, an acquaintance meeting was called between Senator Taylor, the Chief Education Officer of Sinoe County Honorable Malayee S. Cheyard and IEL representative Alexander Quiah. Though brief we agreed to make a 5-school tour among schools participating in the Samuel Morris Scholars Program notably St. Paul Episcopal Parish High, St. Joseph Catholic High School, Harrison W. Grigsby United
Methodist High School, Sinoe Multilateral High School and GVL Butaw Elementary School. This meeting was coordinated by Mr. Titus Failey, Senator Taylor’s Chief of Office Staff to be enforce Saturday April 2, 2016 between 8:30 A.M – 1:30 P.M.
According to plan, the CEO arrived 30 minutes earlier and formed the tour delegates. In a proud and humble spirit the administration of St Paul were in full attendance to receive the Senator. Upon arrival at St. Paul’s lab IEL Lead Technology Instructor Alexander Quiah introduced the entire school staff, provided a detailed overview of the Samuel Morris Scholars Program and accorded Senator Taylor an opportunity to explain the purpose of her visit to Sinoe. CEO Hon Cheyard confirms “that students using KA-Lite learn extra tips to others that depend mainly on traditional teaching method.” The Senator in her presentation emphasized that Sinoe has received a great learning tool that once put to use across Liberia, could built the capacity of many Liberian youth and subsequently produced independent scholars.
After about 25 minutes stay at St. Paul, the entire delegation led by Hon. Cheyard drove at the St. Joseph Catholic High School where Senator Taylor received a remarkable greetings from the school leadership headed by Rev. Father Joseph Tugbe priest of the St. Joseph Parish Greenville, Sinoe County.
As a drill of activities, Alexander Quiah provided a brief overview of the program with in-depth explanation on the importance of each component seen at the lab. Senator Taylor with so much excitement took the stand and appreciates the induction of the Samuel Morris Scholars Program that is being supported by IEL. “I will do all I can to have President Sirleaf informed of such program and the need for GOL to provide some funding so that others can equally benefit like you guys in Sinoe” Senator Taylor remarked.
From St. Joseph we made another trip to the Harrison W. Grigsby United Methodist High School where the lab had equal ratio of boys to girls. As usual, a quick explanation was provided on the usefulness of SMSP at the school and how meaningful it has become to girls education. The Senator in a test to this presentation turned her visit into a student mood where she assumed being a student wanting instructions from a teacher (in this case a female student).
In conclusion she thanked IEL for the project and also extended words of appreciation to the administrators of the
HWG United Methodist High School for consciously applying whatsoever they been taught and ensuring that students are gaining high confidence.
Finally Sinoe Multilateral became our last stop in Greenville. At the lab the Senator Taylor was privileged to listen to the overall purpose of the Samuel Morris Scholars Program in Sinoe County and Liberia at large. Special emphasis was made on quantity of laptops and equipment as well as quality training provided each school and their respective teachers and administrators. Senator Taylor in her most suitable style of respond states “this is sustainable and empowering for a teacher to win command of technology and at the same pass on instructions to students!” “I had never seen nor heard of any of such innovation until I coincidentally met Elijah, Gary, and Eric in Monrovia” she concluded.
Words cannot state the level of support provided by the CEO Hon. Cheyard. His presentation came as firsthand evidence to the entire process. It provided in-depth relevance of KA-Lite Computer and Mathematics training to 21st century Liberian students.
Following the Senator’s visit at Sinoe Multilateral High School the team urgently commenced journey to Butaw where she had an initial appointment. Meanwhile the Senator was opened to request a formal meeting with the Executive Project Director Elijah J. Tarpeh in order to have on record IEL actual projection for more schools to benefit of such initiative. “If you need to covered 700 schools and 9 tertiary institutions including TTIs then there must be some funding! She exclaimed. “Additionally I really need such project in my county Bong”, Senator Taylor appeals.
However she added the GVL Butaw Elementary School to her list of itinerary of making a comparative analysis with schools at 3-levels Elementary, Junior and Senior High. While the team journeyed for Butaw, a quick discussion was held with the CEO at his office concerning the arrival and storage of the Morris’ sculpture which was endorsed. I then made a roundtrip back to previous labs in order to motivate each student, have principals signed Eric’s survey forms and finally stopped at the Samuel Morris Resource Center in Farmersville to see level of work done and gathered activity picture.
Coverage of entire activity was done by IEL interns G. Baccus Pantoe and Shadrick Geelar along with Liberia Broadcasting Station (LBS), Public Affairs of the House of Legislature of the Liberian Senate, Voice of Sinoe, Liberty Broadcasting Services and New Daily Print Media. To God be the Glory for great things He has done and greater things He’s about to accomplished.