After more than 13 years of a devastating civil war, the Liberian educational system is still struggling to emerge.
For a country whose population is a little over 4 million people with about 45% under the age of 15, the future of the country is at stake. Although the government is striving to resuscitate the educational system in Liberia, however it alone cannot be left to shoulder this task given the current socioeconomic challenges and urgency. A collaborative, goodwill partnership with the Liberian government is one sure way of subsidizing the required, scarce resources needed for a rebounding the Liberian school system.
If therefore such younger generation will be empowered, it is vital that the education they can AFFORD be in step with their peer's in other parts of the world. More specifically education and career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) must be emphasized given their inherent potential to spur economic prosperity.
As a consequence, we have developed a STEM teaching model, currently in a 2-year trail phase, to gather empirical data of its efficacy toward providing an affordable and standardized high school STEM education. The teaching model will assess the following:
TThis means showing a progression in the number of high school seniors successfully passing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with a GPA of B or better. More importantly, having at least 90% of graduating seniors passing ALL STEM subjects with a B or better.
More than simply learning how to use a personal computer, the goal here would be to use IT as a medium for accessing and teaching courses at international standards. This teaching style will be more of a composite approach with the teaching staff still in control of the daily instructional session while the role of Internet courses will be supplemental.
After shadowing the local teachers at the test high school we are currently partnering with, it was quickly observed that there are nuances unique to their teaching that are very effective. The value of these subtleties can be harnessed while at the same time providing regular training classes to enhance their skills. The additional benefit is the cost savings to the school administration's operation and undoubtedly mitigating tuition increase to the students.
If students will be successful, it will be important that they are required to actively particulate during portions of the 45 minutes teaching sessions. Therefore in every 45 minute time slot, students should be able to identify the applicability of the subject to their everyday lives, secondly how the subject fits into a career track, and lastly with each student's understanding being tested at the end of each class.We have five (5) STEM labs and a literacy center catering to over five hundred (500) students from 6 schools in the suburb of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.
5. Computer Literacy
6. Reading/Literacy center