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Liberia At A Glance


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A visual presentation of Leadership Africa USA's youth leadership program in Liberia.

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Liberia At A Glance

  1. 1. Leadership Africa USA in Liberia: Publishing the Voices of African Youth
  2. 2. Liberia is a West African country that suffered a long civil war, ending in 2003. In 2005, Liberia elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president, Africa’s first elected female head of state. Monrovia, Liberia
  3. 3. As Liberia works to rebuild following many years of violence, leadership has been acknowledged as a key factor in the country’s future success. Leadership Africa USA’s work aims to help Liberia’s future leaders develop skills they can use to contribute to their country’s peaceful future. Leadership Workshop Breakout Sessions Monrovia, Liberia
  4. 4. The first component of Leadership Africa USA’s program in Liberia was an essay competition. High school students submitted essays describing their opinions on the role of youth leadership in conflict resolution, peace building, and governance. Essay Competition Participant Monrovia, Liberia
  5. 5. More than 50 students submitted essays, and eight winners were selected. The first place essay was written by Paye W. Kialain, a 10 th grade student at J. J. Roberts United Methodist High School. J. J. Roberts United Methodist School Monrovia, Liberia
  6. 6. In addition to the essay competition, Leadership Africa USA hosted a two day workshop on youth leadership and peace building, in partnership with Alfalit International-Liberia, Inc. Participants included Liberian government officials, civil society leaders, academic supporters, and student essay winners. [Left to right] Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, Executive Director of Alfalit International, Liberia; Former US Ambassador to Liberia, Donald Booth; Acting Mission Director Rick Scott, USAID Liberia; Hon. Augustine K. Ngafua, Director, National Bureau of the Budget; Shehnaz Rangwala, Program Director, Leadership Africa USA Monrovia, Liberia
  7. 7. As part of this project, a book – “Africa’s Youth Define Leadership” – containing 11 essays by students from nine African countries was compiled and published. Leadership Africa USA published this book in collaboration with AASBEA Publishers and USAID. Leadership Workshop Breakout Sessions Monrovia, Liberia
  8. 8. Support Leadership Africa USA’s activities in Liberia. Leadership Workshop Participants Monrovia, Liberia