American University to Support Education in Liberia

Thursday, 3rd May 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - An American Institutution, Langston University, has announced the establishment of a five year partnership to support President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s education initiatives in Liberia. Under the plan, the University is making available thirty-five thousand ($35,000) United States dollars to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to support her education initiatives. The President, according to an Executive Mansion Press release, will deliver the commencement convocation at the University on May 12. The President will establish a partnership with Langston that will further educational opportunties for Langston University and Liberian students.

As part of the partnership, Langston University among other projects, has planned to undertake a Study Abroad Learning each summer between May and July, under the Girls Investing in Valuable Education (GIVE) and Giving Real Opportunities to Women (GROW) projects.  The University is also providing five scholarships for Liberian students and will develop a strategic relationship with the Center for Agriculture Research and Development.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs at Langston University will coordinate additional initiatives with other Universities in the United States and Black Women National Organizations.

On news that the Liberian leader is to speak at the institution, Langston University President, JoAnn Haysbert described the occasion as a day to mark in the institution’s history, describing the President Johnson Sirleaf as a dynamic world leader who spreads a profound message of justice, peace, and community service.