UCL and our institutional partners hosted 7 student leaders from the University of Liberia. The two week-long program took place from October 28th to November 11th at the request of University of Liberia President Dr. Emmet Dennis. During the trip, Liberian students were able to visit several local campuses to network with other student governments and engage in special lectures. The students even got the chance to tour Atlanta and some of the city’s main attractions.Read More
As campuses across the state of Georgia open and students return to school, a group of 12 Savannah State University students and 2 Savannah State University professors will have exciting stories to share from their Summer study abroad in Liberia.
Associate professor and interim chair of the social work department Dr. Roenia DeLoach and assistant professor of social work Dr. Adrien Anderson led the students on the trip in mid-July. While in Liberia, UCL president and Liberia’s Honorary Consul General in Georgia, Cynthia Blandford hosted the group with University of Liberia president Dr. Emmet Dennis. The group also met with US ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder.
Over the course of the week-long trip, the Savannah State team discussed establishing a social work program with the University of Liberia and the African Methodist Episcopal University. The group also explored post-Ebola recovery strategies for orphans, other areas of partnership and follow-ups on books donated by Savannah State University.
This group is a shining example of the experiences that UCL facilitates and the benefits of academic partnerships. View photos of the Savannah State team at the University of Liberia below.Read More
On Wednesday June 15 , the White House announced that First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother Mrs. Marian Robinson and her teenage daughters Malia and Sasha will visit Liberia at the end of this month. The trip comes as a part of the First Lady’s “Let Girls Learn” global initiative.
In Liberia, the First Lady will visit a Peace Corps Training Facility in Kakata, where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp. Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in under served communities build self-confidence, communication, and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia.
Also in Liberia, the First Lady will visit a school in Unification Town for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education. This discussion will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S. Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join Mrs. Obama during her visit. The First Lady’s events in Liberia will take place on June 27, the White House said.
The First Lady and her family also plan on visiting Morocco and Spain during the global initiative tour.
At the same time, the University Consortium for Liberia’s (UCL) CFO Saki Golafale will be in Liberia promoting UCL’s collaborative learning initiative and chemistry discussions. Read more about his trip on Global Atlanta’s webpage.Read More
On Friday June 17, Global Atlanta featured an article about UCL Chief Financial Officer and PhD candidate Saki Golafale. Right now, Saki is in Liberia campaigning for the UCL and giving back to Liberian chemistry students with his ChemTalk lecture. As a former UCL student, after he receives his PhD in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University, Saki must return to Liberia and teach for two years.
The article states:
When Saki T. Golafale had the chance to address an education and business conference four years ago at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, he took full advantage to decry the lack of laboratories, equipment and textbooks at his alma mater blocking his efforts to further his chemistry studies.
Liberia was still getting over decades of civil wars that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, and the ebola crisis still hadn’t taken hold.
Click here to continue reading about how Saki became involved with the UCL and to learn more about his trip to Liberia.Read More