IMAGINE is an innovative space created at colleges and universities to ignite creativity that will enhance the development and advancement of entrepreneurship for Liberians in the new global knowledge focus economy.
According to corporate information gathered on CLASS, its focus is to support and complement institutions and other government programs. The project seeks to establish computer labs in every public high school in the country. This bold and forward thinking effort will boost students’ access to research materials, science and mathematics learning tools and computer science.
In continuation of the implementation of CLASS and IMAGINE projects, LIBTELCO, on Friday, June 9, 2016 dedicated two modern E-learning centers separately at the William V. S Tubman High School and the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai cutting the ribbons.
In remarks, the acting Managing Director of LIBTELCO, Checago Bright-Sawo said “CLASS is intended to bring ICT to the under privileged population of Liberia so as to bridge the digital divide and prepare the country’s future leaders for competition in the global economy.
“LIBTELCO intends to establish CLASS E-learning centers at all public schools in Liberia. We will work with all public schools that will host... We look forward to seeing the E-learning centers benefit our students in various communities where they are located. This project is also intended to allow students have access to the fiber submarine internet that the government invested heavily in. It will enable them experience true high speed internet,” the acting LIBTELCO boss added.
Performing the dedicatory ceremony, VP Boakai said the project is the benefit of the state owned corporation’s corporate social responsibility.
He indicated that when you have your own company and they are helping you to do the things that you want to do for the country, it is welcoming.
The Liberian Vice President stated that the country is backward when it comes to computer literacy but the government is happy that young people are going to be exposed to information technology in line with the government's Vision 2030 which requires that students be given access to technology. He praised LIBTELCO for doing well in that direction.
As his personal contribution to creating a holistic learning environment for students at Tubman High School, he promised to send lawn tennis sets so that they can learn to play more games during non-school hours.
“You have to come to school to prepare for an unknown future. This is the beginning of a great future. We will add additional ten computers to the existing ones in the Lab,” VP Boakai pledged.
For his part, Education Minister, George K. Werner said when he took over the Ministry of Education few months ago, his team traveled across Liberia and talked to high school students as to what they wanted to learn better..
According to him, many of them requested for computers. “And then LIBTELCO said we will put at least 50 computers in every high school by 2018. As we speak, in Sinoe, at the Sinoe Multilateral High School, there is one; in Grand Kru County at the Barclayville High School, there is another one, and we are dedicating one today. There are more e-learning centers coming in the next few months,” Minister Werner added.
The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Adolphus Jacobs, intimated that one of the problems in government schools is to have libraries equipped with computers.
He narrated that since MCSS was not able to achieve that, they engaged the Managing Director of LIBTELCO, Sebastian Muah, to help in that regard. And the LIBTELCO boss consented.
He noted that there is general vision across government to ensure that no child graduates from high school without basic computer knowledge because technology is the way for nation building and prosperity of our own governance system.
“We are delighted with this gesture from LIBTELCO. The good news about this E-learning center is that our students are allowed to do research after school assignment,” Jacobs said.
In his characteristic marketing style, LIBTELCO Marketing Manager Julian Benson said” "anyone can provide computer but not just anyone can provide the quality of internet at these centers.”