2012 Fast Start program launched by USAID EHELD project

USAID Mission Director Patricia Rader talks to Fast Start students
USAID Mission Director Patricia Rader talks to Fast Start students

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The 2012 Fast Start program was launched simultaneously in five locations around Liberia on Monday, July 9th. USAID Mission Director Patricia Rader helped to launch the Fast Start program being held at the Firestone Senior High School outside Monrovia.

About 80 students were gathered for the program launch at the Firestone Senior High School.

“You are the future professionals, employers, leaders and wealth creators for Liberia, and it is wonderful that so many of you are prepared to take on this challenge” said USAID Mission Director Patricia Rader.

Mission Director Rader also expressed her hope that the students participating in the program were thinking about how they could serve their communities and contribute to Liberia’s development in the future.

In her remarks Ms. Rader also took the opportunity to recognize Firestone for providing facilities and provisions at their own cost, saying that this illustrated the kind of commitment that Liberia needed from the private sector.

The Fast Start programs are designed to give motivated and high achieving high school students interested in agriculture and engineering additional education and encouragement over a two week period. Fast Start programs will enhance the students’ grasp of Mathematics and English, as well as introduce them to computer skills, laboratory and project work.

The five Fast Start programs for 2012 are being held in Firestone High School, Margibi County; Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute, Lofa County; Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute, Margibi County; Zwedru Multilateral High School, Grand Gedeh County; St. Joseph’s School, Liberian Agricultural Company, Grand Bassa County. In total, some 400+ students are attending nationwide.

The Fast Start programs are a component of the USAID Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) project implemented by RTI, supporting the University of Liberia and Cuttington University in building engineering and agriculture Centers of Excellence.

Last updated: October 16, 2014

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