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Prez. Sirleaf praises volunteers, US/Liberia ties

By Ferricks Dainsee
One of the batchers of the US Volunteers posted in parts of Liberia
One of the batchers of the US Volunteers posted in parts of Liberia

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has termed as timely and significant, the swearing-in of 40 additional Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia.

The swearing-in of the 40 Peace Corps Volunteers brings to 80, the total number of American Peace Corps so far in Liberia.

They have been assigned to 40 high schools, five universities and community colleges in the 15 counties of the country.

The Liberian Leader spoke Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Foreign Ministry, during programs marking the swearing-in of the additional 40 Peace Corps Volunteers on assignment in Liberia.

She commended the Peace Corps Volunteers for leaving their homes in America to take up assignment in Liberia.
 

“This is part of efforts by the Liberian Government to add more value to the national educational system,” President Johnson-Sirleaf said.

The Charges D’affairs at the US Embassy in Monrovia, Roland Acuff who also spoke during deployment said: “The deployment of Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia clearly demonstrates the cordial ties between America and Liberia.”

He noted: “This is the fourth time Peace Corps Volunteers have been deployed in Liberia.”

“The decision is due to President Johnson-Sirleaf’s request to former US President, George Bush, in 2007,” Mr. Acuff also noted.

“Liberia is one of the most supportive host countries, which shows its commitment to improving its educational system,” he added.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, described the deployment of the Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the country as a worthy initiative.

Minister Nagbe, however, noted: “There was a need for the provision of more instructional materials, libraries, laboratories and other incentives for teachers, particularly those in rural Liberia.”

 


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