Students of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County have lauded initiatives by the USAID-EHELD project for modern state of the arts setups at Cuttington to enhance their learning process.
Beneficiaries of the USAID-EHELD Agriculture scholarship program, who took Journalists on a tour of their agriculture research crop fields, multi-purpose laboratory, center of excellence and resource center, said the facilities have afforded them an opportunity to study with ease as compared to years back.
They explained that studying today without practically seeing or practicing with equipment spoken of in the classroom is not only a setback, but an old faction methodology. According to the students, the facilities have placed them in a suitable position to rub shoulders with other students worldwide reading similar science courses.
Some of the students who were seated concentrated before a computer each doing their science assignments at the resource center, said the establishment of the center has brought great relief from the trauma they had to go through prior to the establishment of the center. According to them, they only need to put in time to use the facility appropriately instead of thinking of where to find books that are so costly and in some instances, inaccessible.
The American people through the USAID are providing a five-year scholarship program for higher education, encouraging brilliant Liberian high school students to study Engineering and Agriculture at the Universities of Liberia and Cuttington.
The USAID-EHELD project is in its third year phase and has produced the first batch of graduates from UL and CU who brilliantly and successfully completed the proscribed requirement in the fields of Agriculture and Engineering.
The agriculture students are presently researching several Liberian bred crops with few international ones. One of the students specifically said he was researching Liberian pepper because it was a shame for Liberians to import pepper from neighboring Countries considering the rich soil that is available here for producing any agriculture product.