We are alive and well, and still implementing operations in Liberia. There are many surprises for 2018, and wear are excited to gain back our blogging momentum so that all of our readers can be apart of this exciting program. We are happy that our supporters have continued to read about our past activities from 2016-2017.
Here is a breakdown of what has been going on:
- Giewee Giah, founder of Wahjay-STEM had exhausted discretionary income and vacation days from her role as a Data Scientist for an oil and gas company
- The program officially reconvened in September 2017, not much to report at the present time but there will be plenty to report after our January 2018 visit
- The teacher Onana Glassco and Principal Peter Gorwor continued operations in Liberia for the starting school year in September 2017
- Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence wanted to know how Wahjay-STEM would be able to continue its operations during the summer, May 2017. The more dire advise we provided to the concerned Senator was to have the school implement a reading program. We provided standardized test books to test reading knowledge
- We are planning to return to Liberia in January 2018 to accomplish a few things:
- Discuss possible grant funding opportunities from previously accepted requests
- Renew our NGO status
- Host the national robotics competition
- Decide upon which students would be able to represent Liberia in 2018 VEX Worlds by the following criteria: spelling, vocabulary, conceptual knowledge, team work, public speaking, computer programming, and hands on technical skills
- We will informally train two more teachers to be a part of the program this year. Our costs have decreased as projected since this is our second year of implementation
- We were not able to support the additional needs that are required to expand to other schools. The schools need a program that is all encompassing, and we offer STEM training:
- This could be a major challenge for any program. Programs that enter schools in Liberia must understand that the foundation of the schools are unstable. The characteristics of the schools we have encountered share the same shortcomings of 90% of the other schools that we would like to reach. Programs that enter these environments must acknowledge that electricity availability, teacher training, and food are part of the battle in Liberia’s academia.
- We will deliver biographies of the accessible participating students so that you have an idea of what the program has done for them.
Thank you for your support!
From the founder:
I am proud of what Wahjay-STEM has accomplished. Remember that Wahjay-STEM means “FOR THE PEOPLE” Every dime raised for this program went directly to the children that we served. Most importantly, this was not a one man’s job. My mother got involved, my extended family got involved, my network of friends and colleagues were involved, and the extended Liberian-American population got involved. We all showed that we cared. The realities of what is going on in the education system has hit me even harder. I am more knowledgeable of what we need to do better.