VP Boakai and Staten Island School Launch Exchange Program

Friday, 22nd May 2009
Staten Island, New York (U.S.A.) - Vice President Joseph Boakai and officials of the Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York, have agreed to begin an expansive student exchange program.  The Student Exchange Program will see several Liberian students attending and completing their high school in the U.S. while Curtis High students would do likewise in Liberia.  Curtis High, which is rated as one of the best high schools on the east coast of the United States, is headed by a principal of Liberian origin, Mrs. Aurela Weeks Curtis.  
 
Speaking after a tour of Curtis High, Vice President Boakai said the exchange of students will broaden the perspective of Liberian students and enhance their learning experience.  He also appealed for logistical and professional assistance for schools in Liberia.  Already the student government of the American high school has launched a book collection scheme to establish libraries in Liberia schools.  Vice President Boakai is visiting the United States to address the 9th Convention of the Federation of Lofa Association in the Americas.  

A release from Staten Island said details of the student exchange program are expected to be worked out and formally launched in the next few weeks.